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More academic support for MMP

Another Canadian electoral reform expert – Professor Dennis Pilon from the University of Victoria – urges Ontarions to vote for MMP in the referendum:

The proportional representation system that Ontarians have an opportunity to approve during the Oct. 10 referendum is simple, modest, and addresses many of the major problems with contemporary Ontario democracy that have long been identified by academics and political commentators from right to left. Imagine more accurate election tallies, a more competitive political environment where every vote would count for something, and better representation of Ontario’s diversity. These are not hypothetical possibilities, but the actual experience of countries similar to Canada that have proportional representation, as documented in a considerable body of academic research.

Professor Pilon goes on in his special op-ed column in the Star to debunk some fables he says are being used to defend the current First-Past-The-Post system as well as to attack MMP. A good column well worth the read.

4 comments to More academic support for MMP

  • Wow! Who could turn down the utopia that Pilon describes under proportional representation?

    Some academic.

  • Recall and more referendum will not be supported by the main parties or the mainstream media

  • marta

    Instead of MPP  I would like to have more  Binding  referendums  on specific  questions . I can’t  agree  for diluting depersonalizing  the mainstream party ideas  . While  i see how  backbenchers  became" nobodies " still  going in ONE DIRECTION  at times   is better then going all directions  all the time .. democracy is far from perfect I agree…
    More Free Votes   may be helpful    also    Recalls   should be easier  to do.
    Outright  Lies and  flip flops   should be a base  for prompt recalls..  that would empower the electorat .. !!! 

    Marta

  • […] That having been accomplished, the small matter of convincing the voting population as a whole remains. Right on cue, we have very smart people telling us that Utopia waits just around the corner from a “Yes” vote and that sticking with SMP would be the worst possible thing that could happen to Ontario. Professor Dennis Pilon, PhD, breathlessly invites us to “imagine!“: Imagine more accurate election tallies, a more competitive political environment where every vote would count for something, and better representation of Ontario’s diversity. These are not hypothetical possibilities, but the actual experience of countries similar to Canada that have proportional representation, as documented in a considerable body of academic research. (h/t) […]

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