Three different provinces are decisively moving towards proportional representation.
British Colombia is in the midst of mail-in referendum which started on October 22 and will last until November 30th. Voters will be asked two questions on the referendum ballot.
- The first question asks if we should keep the current First Past the Post voting system or move to a system of proportional representation.
- The second question asks voters to rank three proportional systems: Dual Member Proportional (DMP), Mixed Member Proportional (MMP), and Rural-Urban Proportional (RUP).
Prince Edward Island
Prince Edward Island will be holding a referendum attached to the 2019 provincial election. The question will be "Should Prince Edward Island change its voting system to a Mixed Member Proportional voting system?''
Why Mixed Member Proportional? Back in 2016 Mixed Member Proportional was the preferred choice on a non binding PEI plebiscite on whether or not to change the electoral system.
On October 1st, Quebec held an election. Three of the four parties now represented in the National Assembly, including Coalition Avenir Quebec which has a majority government, have signed an agreement declaring that they will support changing the province's voting system to a proportional representation system. Where Quebec differs from the other provinces is that there will be no referendum. The change will simply be legislated.
We suspect that those of you are reading this blog are already firmly in favour of proportional representation. Nevertheless it's always useful to have information that you can use when promoting electoral reform among friends and colleagues. Here is an excellent website responding to some of the supposed flaws of proportional representation systems.