I had an insightful conversation with Hamilton MP Filomena Tassi yesterday about her meeting this week to discuss the government’s electoral reform idea.
I’ve known Ms. Tassi for a long time and I have the utmost respect for her integrity and honesty, but I didn’t hear any compelling arguments to suggest that we need to change our voting system.
Some suggest that a different system will give women and minorities a better chance to be elected; Really ?
Which candidate runs for which political party is determined in the nomination process, not at the ballot box.
The people who support a change in our voting system tend to be supporters of political parties that rarely get elected to power but is that reason enough for change ?
Voters in Ontario and British Columbia soundly defeated previous attempts at electoral reform.
Even now, we’re told that the government rejects the idea of a national referendum about voter reform because they fear that it would fail.
Well if it failed, wouldn’t that be because the majority don’t want change ?
First past the post voting certainly isn’t perfect, but change for the sake of change is a rather flaccid argument to overhaul the entire system.