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Re: “Think of the big picture when casting vote

"There's only one party on the Canadian landscape not claiming to support a move to some form of proportional representation" Not true. The creepy half of the Liberals are not committing to proportional representation (PR) either. When it comes our Charter Right to fair elections or any other fundamental equality issue, you're either for things being fair or you're not.

Trudeau voted with Harper AGAINST proportional representation. His excuse? The same red herring that was used to subvert PR in Australia and the UK: AV (a.k.a. disproportional "ranked-ballots"). It may look fair on the face of it, but grab a flashlight and peak inside. AV is just a Trojan horse for public enemy number one: Disproportional Misrepresentation (DM). All single winner systems like FPTP or AV are DM, all forms of DM are decidedly unfair by definition. Most of us vote for a local candidate that doesn't win, so the majority of Canadians get no democratic representation at all, not locally, not in Ottawa, not anywhere, zilch. We might as well have stayed home for all the good our ballot did. Ranking candidates does nothing to fix that failed math. As such AV can't honestly reduce vote splitting. With AV, strategic voting only gets more demented. We either achieve PR so each of our votes count equally and our governments resemble how we vote, or we keep getting screwed over with DM by so-called "majority" governments that most of us would never vote for.

To be fair, the better half of the Liberals ARE committed to PR. The Liberals are split, with their leader on the evil side with Harper. Cons are all against, NDP and Green are all for, but you have ask (or visit http://fairvote.ca) to find out if your local Liberal candidate is committed to a fair voting system or not. AV quite literally does not count.

Posted by harmsen on 10/08/2015 at 10:44 PM

Re: “Koopman holds meet-and-greet

Justin Trudeau's version of ranked ballots (AV) is just as disproportional as the current "single winner" first past the post (FPTP) that Harper champions. AV would misrepresent Canadian voters just as badly. It is a violation of our Charter Right to fair elections that if your preferred local candidate doesn't happen to win in your riding your ballot is thrown into the garbage instead of affecting the composition of parliament like it should. I would never vote for a candidate that is fine with the current form of disproportional misrepresentation or a switch to another. Until we achieve PR there's little point in talking about any other issue. When our votes rarely count, the winner that most of us typically didn't vote for but controls all the power over us rarely listens to us anyway.

I fear that if the system hands Mulcair a disproportional so-called "majority", he might change his mind about his support for PR. Notley has been annoyingly quiet about PR since being handed her undemocratic "majority" in Alberta. The majority of Albertan voters voted either far right or extreme right. I'd like to know if Larry Koopman sees Notley as an embarrassment to the NDP now that she appears happy to follow in the Libservative's anti-democratic footsteps. She could at least address the issue. It's the elephant in the room.

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Posted by harmsen on 07/30/2015 at 11:25 PM

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