31 March 2005

PR for BC?

On 17 May voters in British Columbia will go to the polls to elect a provincial government. They will also have the opportunity to vote on whether to adopt a form of proportional representation known as the single transferable vote (STV). The holding of a referendum on this issue was recommended by a Citizens' Assembly on Electoral Reform. The work of the Assembly and its recommendation is recounted in Jack MacDonald, Randomocracy: A Citizen's Guide to Electoral Reform in British Columbia, which can be read here in its entirety in pdf format. If BC voters approve this variety of PR, momentum will likely build for electoral reform elsewhere in Canada.

Incidentally, if STV succeeds, it will be largely due to the efforts of Nick Loenen, a Reformed Christian who once spoke at Redeemer about his recently published book, Citizens and Democracy: the Case for Proportional Representation.

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