BC Attorney General David Eby (right), campaigning
in May 2017. The BC NDP promised to hold areferendum on a new voting system for the province
Thursday, March 1, 2018
You'd be welcome to call it the Twigg Formula - a system that would put the peoples' interests First
Through-out the province of BC recently, there has been much talk about electoral reform --- what it should look like, how it will be achieved, how we as
voters will have input to the process, what a referendum
question(s) should look like, what kind of majority would be required to have a
change made. These, just to name a few,
are the questions being asked.
For many, the name John Twigg will be familiar. He recently submitted his thoughts to the BC governments Citizen Engagement, as well as forwarding those thoughts to me, Bob Makin, Bill Tieleman (co-chair of the No B.C. Proportional Representation Society), the BC Pundit, and BC NDP Attorney General David Eby.
Here are those thoughts:
The NDP does have "democratic" in its name but its past and present practices too often have shown that that can be a misnomer.
I want a reformed electoral system that will still tend to elect majority governments composed mainly of people of all races, creeds, genders etc representing clearly distinct regions geographically, with very little if any gerrymandering such as Gracie's notorious finger.
The current range of population per riding needs to adjusted because there are too many big ridings with too-few people; they need to be consolidated and the MLAs and candidates specially assisted with travel costs.
I'd like to see a Legislature of up to 99 or 100 seats and no more (at least for a few elections), which would include about 90 people elected in territories as now (except with the above-mentioned population adjustments) and about 10 people chosen in one or more processes to reflect smaller parties, ethnic groups, regional interests, maybe gender balance, maybe talent and/or popularity (eg someone who lost a seat by 10 votes or so). Perhaps some could be chosen by an independent panel chaired by the chief electoral officer. Perhaps some could be selected in a subsequent election off of a list.