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UK election implications for electoral reform

I’ve said before I’m cheering for the Liberal Democrats to do well in the UK general election on May 6, and I’m very thrilled obviously to see them turn this election into a 3 party horse-race with their leader Nick Clegg doing very well in the leaders debates so far (one more to go next week), and some polls indicating they’re actually leading – in popular vote percentage anyhow.

I should say I’d be delighted if they actually pulled off the biggest upset in UK electoral politics and actually formed the government, but failing that, there is another electoral result that is possible and which I wouldn’t mind seeing; […]

Oh yea.. about the actual BC election..

I’ll repeat what I’ve said before. I consider Gordon Campbell’s Liberals to be LINO’s (Liberals In Name Only). From my perception, there is a lot more old conservative Social Credit thinking and ideology and not as much Liberalism prevalent in this party. I consider this batch to be a moderate centre-right party, so I’m rather agnostic as to how they do and whether they win or lose – though they have put forth one redeeming policy in the carbon tax.

This is another reason I hope the proposed STV electoral passes – so that the Liberals and the NDP aren’t the only 2 credible choices to have a chance to […]

How does the STV proposed electoral reform model in BC work? (and I endorse STV)

Well, try this site out and take a look. Thanks to Andrew Coyne for finding that, who is trying to do some dramatic last-minute posts at Macleans endorsing STV to get it over the hump. Heck, even Paul Wells has jumped on the STV endorsement wagon, and that’s something, because I recall at the very least he was agnostic about the MMP proposal in Ontario in 2007.

I obviously endorse STV and hope it passes – if only so I don’t have to read another smirking editorial from the Toronto Star (led I won’t doubt by Ian Urquhart, if he’s still involved in the editorials over there. Ian has always […]

On the cusp of electoral reform in BC.

I saw news about this poll yesterday at several different blogs, and as a supporter of electoral reform, of course I’m very happy to see this:

Poll: 65 per cent of British Columbians support BC-STV Younger voters overwhelming in their support

Vancouver, B.C. – The numbers are in and British Columbia voters are giving a big thumbs up to electoral reform with 65 per cent saying they will vote for BC-STV in the upcoming referendum on May 12. That is the top line result of a major survey conducted by Angus Reid Strategies. Support for a new way of electing our MLAs is particularly strong among younger voters – those […]

Trying to move the goalposts

Well, here’s a topic we haven’t discussed in a while: electoral reform. Look for more of it though, as the referendum approaches in BC asking if voters wish to change theircurrent First-Past-The-Post voting system to Single Transferable Vote, or STV for short.

I noticed this morning that my Liberal colleague David Eaves was questioning among other things whether this upcoming referendum was too soon after the last one (I don`t think it`s an issue, because I believe in the US, propositions that get defeated on the ballot can get resurrected every 4 years , as far as I understand), and the other question he asked was whether a 60.1% YES […]

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