For BCers - Is STV system a good idea? (Single Transferrable Vote)
With the election, and with the option of STV out there if enough people vote for it, how would this affect fair representation for us in Victoria?
I don't want to see the Liberals(or any government) win 77 of 79 seats again, but from what I've heard of STV system, it will make represention worse, not better. I've heard STV has been used in other countries around the world in the past and that now, only 2-3 countries still use it, but the ones that had STV before, voted to get rid of it as soon as they could.
I want to get good info and look at reliable numbers/statistics, not just go by what other people say. I want to discuss it with you, and with people I know locally.
If anyone knows of any good links, please post them for the rest of us.
What are your thoughts on STV?
If politics arent allowed here(BC-Alberta Chapter) then delete this post.
It seems that most people I talk to think that STV is a good idea but no one really knows how it works.
I do believe that BC needs better representation outside the lower mainland. For most people and politicians the province stops at Hope. The rest of us are left out....except for the couple months before an election.
From what I know, it will reduce representation by combining electoral areas, say you'll have more candidates for per city, but all those citys will be one region and that area will be huge, they could combine Abbotsford(130,000) Mission(28000) Chilliwack(68,000) Hope(?) Langley(?) and Maple Ridge(50,000?). Where do you think the candidates will move to - Mission or Hope with limited # of people to raise campaign funds from, or Abbotsford, where there is 4times the population to raise funds from?