“The Evidence is Clear” by Ed Broadbent and Hugh Segal

A socialist and a conservative finally agree on something 😁 in this brief Globe and Mail article : our ancient voting system now has problems and needs modernizing. One criticism: while it’s often said, and repeated here by these famous and generally well-informed men, that first-past-the-post worked fine when there were only two political parties, and indeed it’s not so bad when there are only two, it actually caused an uproar due to regional misrepresentation in the very first election after Confederation – a weakness it’s always and still prone to, even with just TWO parties, in Canada and in every province.

It’s worrisome that the Comments on this article by readers at the Globe and Mail contain so many Trump-like ignorant fabrications about proportional representation. Democracy’s weak point is that it depends on an informed and honest discourse to dominate; it can only withstand FUD (fear, uncertainty and doubt sown by competitors) up to a certain point.

Example: pro rep worked better than first-past-the-post would have done, to keep Adolph Hitler from getting total power legally, so finally he had to seize it by force. This is an example illustrating why pro rep is safer, the very same way that it will, if enacted, reduce our exposure to arrogant premiers making foolish and arrogant unilateral decisions (as history has so often seen that we now have the expression ‘total power totally corrupts’). Yet the enemies of pro rep, who callously want to preserve their party’s chances of winning total power with less than half the vote (called a false majority) continue to cite Hitler as an example of pro rep gone wrong – a simple but effective Trump-level lie. 

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