B.C. residents will have three choices for electoral reform in a November referendum.
Two of the voting systems have never been used before. And the third was previously rejected by the province’s citizens’ assemblies.
The current first-past-the-post system elects candidates with the most votes in 87 ridings.
The NDP government unveiled the options for the Nov. 30 mail-in referendum on Wednesday.
Attorney General David Eby has decided the ballot will contain two questions — the first being a choice between the current system a proportional representation one.
B.C. Premier John Horgan claims the existing system gives absolute power to people who get the minority of votes.
No, it rewards the one who gets the most.
Opposition Liberal leader Andrew Wilkinson thinks the current system works fine and that the options will only confuse voters. He called them “alphabet soup” and said some have never been heard of before.
But maintaining the status quo for historical reasons isn’t a strong rationale. Voters deserve a say, and again they will have it.