Say No to proportional rep

In October, British Columbians will be asked to vote on a proposed change to our voting system. The new system is called proportional representation and will change how we elect our MLAs.

As proposed, PR is extremely complex and requires detailed study to understand the implications.

A business group in Vancouver applied the PR principles to the results of the 2017 election. It would have had a significant effect on the results, giving the Green Party an even greater stranglehold on government. The seat count would have shifted from the NDP (36), and the Liberals (36) to the Greens (15), resulting in an even more conflicted and ineffective government.

Next time someone tries to tell you PR is a fairer system, ask “fairer for who?”

The PR option proposes a possible increase of eight seats in the legislature. A major deficiency to date, is that the proposal does not define the required revised electoral map. Therefore, it is impossible to determine where those additional seats will be assigned. One must assume that the back room boys will make the determination based on a combination of the new (non-existent) electoral map plus the results obtained from the election.

PR tends to result in fragile coalition governments in which fringe parties often play the role of “king makers.” Without their support, governments fail, leading to endless elections and ineffectual governments.

PR has a very poor track record and is one of the reasons the Greek government faltered, and it has been responsible for the many dysfunctional governments of Italy. 

If you are undecided, make sure you vote No. It is better to support a system that is working than to support a system you do not understand. Keep in mind PR has been demonstrably dysfunctional, leading to instability.

Vote No to this risky experiment and make your voice heard.

Janet Green

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