LETTER: First past post system gives the voter clarity

LETTER: First past post system gives the voter clarity


In B.C.’s two previous referenda on proportional representation (PR), the B.C. Liberal government took steps to seek a clear mandate: to pass, they needed a majority of ridings and a majority of eligible voters.

To get the results they want, the NDP has set the lowest possible bar.

If voter turnout remains similar to previous referenda, our entire electoral system could well be changed by less than 25 per cent of the population.

To make matters worse, we’re not even getting the full details of the three proposed PR systems – not even what will happen to the size of our riding.

No matter what, proportional representation means bigger ridings, large and complex ballots, and unelected MLAs answerable only to party headquarters – none of which leads to better results, or more representation.

To give some indication of the potential problems with proportional representation, there are currently 27 political parties registered in B.C. 

If PR is put in place, that number would only grow.

If proportional representation had been in place for the 2017 election, the Green Party would currently have 15 seats, instead of three.

Our current first past the post system can create stable majorities, encourage larger, consensus-building parties, and give voters a clear choice on a simple ballot.

We have to trust that this fall, British Columbians will see through the NDP and Green Party’s transparent attempt to give themselves jobs for life at taxpayers’ expense.

Jim Thornton, Osoyoos


  1. As in Britain and New Zealand, clinging to (the FPTP) nurse for fear of something worse, brings it. Namely the Mixed Member Proportional system. Half of it is the old FPTP except that the fewer larger constituencies make the seats even safer for the largest party, at more or less 40% the votes. MMP is half aggravated FPTP. Then MMP adds another layer of safe seats, which candidates have a second shot at, for a seat on a party list. Don’t kid yourself that the party vote is for the voters benefit. Only blind partisans believe that.
    The list candidate does not even have to get any personal votes to be elected. Being a party stooge is sufficient. Canadians have told me that is not true of open lists. But it is. The British Home secretary had to admit it of his open list proposal for the first British Euro-elections.
    Shortish comments forbid me from wandering into the labyrinth of wrong turns that MMP is guilty of. Countless times I’ve repeated the denunciation of the Richard report.
    John Stuart Mill: Proportional Representation is Personal Representation.
    The Angels Weep: H. G. Wells on Electoral Reform.
    Richard Lung:
    Peace-making Power-sharing; Scientific Method of Elections.
    Science is Ethics as Electics.
    FAB STV: Four Averages Binomial Single Transferable Vote.
    (in French) Modele Scientifique du Proces Electoral.