Summary: An editorial about the use of full representation in
The Globe and Mail
Try it in Alberta
August 4, 2004
-- John Bossons should be congratulated for his answer to the perceived
problems associated with our current electoral system (Floating The
12-Per-Cent Solution -- Aug. 3). His explanation and choice of examples are
clearer than most, and he offers projected results.
I have a big concern, however. With the Bossons system, the House of
Commons would have two classes of members: the majority, elected by ballot
from constituencies, and a minority selected from lists submitted by political
parties. The second group would be elected without having publicly faced the
electorate. But that could be overcome by moving to multi-member
constituencies combined with a single transferable vote system.
Mr. Bossons's choice of Alberta as an example of how his system might work
in a federal election is significant. I feel strongly that if proportional
representation is workable at all in this country, it should first be applied
at the provincial level. Alberta is one place where electoral reform is
Proportional representation was used for 30 years in provincial elections
in Alberta, and perhaps it is time to revive it.