Three Strikes against the Neverendum
The most forceful factor in favour of the First-Past-the-Post (FPTP) electoral system is its simplicity. Voters know what happens to their vote. The person with the most votes becomes their representative. In each electoral district, there is a clear connection between voters and elected representative.
Proportional representation (PR) systems are less transparent, indeed sometimes obscure. A satirical take by Rex Murphy outlines the opacity of PR:
“Offered a choice of choosing their elected representatives by the tried-and-true method of First Past the Post, where the candidate’s name, face, address and party are known to all who vote — or by various more serpentine methods that called for solving a Sudoku puzzle, reading the flight of migratory birds and writing a short essay (with equations) on quantum entanglement, all prior to voting for an anonymized candidate to be chosen later by the leader of a fringe party promising to ban indoor heating and to subsidize all urban hen farms by the imposition of a nationalized cluck tax — B.C. voters chose — and this is astonishing — FPTP, the system that fashioned the democratic government of Canada, has worked for over a century and a half, is straightforward and which they understood.”
The voters of British Columbia have rejected proportional representation decisively. This is the third time in 15 years that BC voters have been asked about proportional representation and each time they have not accepted the option.
Time to stop the neverendum. Electoral reform should be set aside in BC for at least 15 years.