Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is attempting to get an All Party Committee to recommend an alternative method of voting to replace our current ‘ first past the post’ system.
First past the post simply means that the candidate with the most votes wins the election.
The question most Canadians seem to be asking is , why do we need to change ?
Where is the hue and cry from Canadian voters to change the system ?
The small group that seem to want a different voting method are the supporters of political parties that tend to do poorly in elections.
Are we going to reform our voting system so that Elizabeth May doesn’t feel so lonely in Parliament ?
Will we cobble together an alternative voting method so that the NDP can parlay their sporadic support into more seats ?
It would be trite to drag out the old cliche, if it ain’t broke, don’t try to fix it, but it seems relevant to this debate.
Ontario and B.C. have both had referendums on election reform and in both cases, the idea of change was soundly rejected.
No system is perfect, but replacing our voting system , with all it’s flaws, for another system with just as many flaws seems like a waste of time and money.