PR follow up

The weekly editorial for the 100 Mile Free Press

After last week’s editorial, I received a rebuttal from Mark Crawford and a phone call from Sean Graham who, as Crawford put it, is the “father” of the proposed Dual Member Proportional (DMP) system. Crawford made some revisions to his rebuttal after he further discussed it with Graham.

Both were quick to note that I was overcounting the Liberal votes. I’m happy to admit I was indeed unintentionally overcounting Liberal votes. I would like to thank them both for pointing that out. Though, if I really wanted to split hairs, I’d say Crawford has made the same mistake in his rebuttal by undercounting Liberal voters by 5 per cent.

However, that’s a little beside the point as both Graham and Crawford pointed out to me that the system as a whole would be more proportional because “everyone’s vote would be counted at the provincial level to determine each party’s fair share of seats.” An inclusion Crawford made after discussing it with Graham.

READ ALSO: Referendum a mixed bag

Graham sent me a link to a column he wrote, which explains the system a lot better. Essentially, everyone votes for local candidates. The first candidate elected locally would be the one with the most votes, while “second seats are filled to create a proportional result across the province by electing the top candidates from each party until they have received their fair share of seats in the Legislature.”

The benefits of the system, according to Graham would be in avoiding the need for a party list, unlike with the other proportional representation systems proposed. Now you could still argue back and forth a bit but I’d have to concede that with both of those stipulations, it would be difficult to say that DMP is a worse system than the other two systems proposed with the information that’s available. Depending on your preferences, it might well be the best of the three proposed systems.

READ ALSO: Perhaps the most important election

I will, however, stand by my original statement that it is “an exceptionally tough task to get clarity for voters.” Clearly, I struggled with it, having made an error, but even more so, Crawford’s rebuttal self-admittedly was a good deal clearer after speaking to Graham.

This is not a criticism of the systems themselves but rather with the dissemination of information and the way the referendum has been set up. As Crawford noted in his original column, “the details of what exactly MMP and RUP would look like in B.C. remain vague.” This week Premier John Horgan said he was willing to debate Liberal leader Andrew Wilkinson on electoral reform.

If that comes to fruition, perhaps it will help but I have doubts.

For those looking for more clarity, perhaps the best place to look is https://elections.bc.ca/referendum/voting-systems/voting-systems/.


Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Just Posted

GoFundMe started after fire leaves Ruth Lake cabin severely damaged

‘The fire hit hard and fast - he lost everything’

Will you be voting for a different federal party than you did in 2015?

The weekly web poll for the 100 Mile Free Press

Capturing everyday life: Verboom brings loose realism to the Showcase Gallery

‘I love that our Cariboo life is real people with real jobs… blue collar, hard-working people’

100 Mile House Fire-Rescue kicks off fire prevention week with open house

“We always want the public to come and see for themselves”

From the archives of the 100 Mile Free Press

28 YEARS AGO (1991): Members of the Cariboo Elders Building and Recreation… Continue reading

B.C.’s rural paramedic program expands, with home support

Advanced care ambulance staff added for six communities

BC Ferries sees steady traffic of post-Thanksgiving weekend travellers

Ferries filling up fast, sailing waits at some terminals

‘Save the kids!’ Dorian survivor tells the harrowing story of his Canadian wife’s death

Family held a funeral and placed Alishia Liolli’s remains in a niche at a cemetery in Windsor, Ont.

Okanagan woman, 91, votes at advance polls despite broken hip, shoulder and wrist

Angela Maynard has voted in almost every election during her lifetime

Heiltsuk Nation open first Big House in 120 years in northern B.C.

Opening means the community now has an appropriate space for spiritual and ceremonial events

Singh says NDP would form coalition with the Liberals to stop Tories

Singh was in a Liberal-held riding Sunday afternoon in Surrey where he was pressed about his post-election intentions

‘My heart goes out to the mother’: B.C. dad reacts to stabbing death of Ontario boy

Carson Crimeni, who was also 14, was bullied relentlessly, his dad says

BC Ferries filling up fast with post-Thanksgiving weekend travellers

Monday anticipated to be busiest day of the weekend

‘Wham-bam out the door’: Surrey man’s front yard left ruined by scamming landscaper

Resident warns neighbours to be careful of door-to-door salesmen

Most Read