FAQ: Impacts on Government
Will BC-STV lead to unstable minority or
BC-STV can produce majority or minority governments –
depending on the will of the voters. The Assembly believes that
minority and coalition governments can in practice be a strength,
because they encourage MLAs to work together. Germany, one of the
more successful democracies in the world, has had only one
single-party majority government since 1949.
Will BC-STV be more expensive?
The cost of elections should remain in the same ballpark.
As for the cost of government, it’s not the electoral
system that sets a provincial budget; the elected politicians do
that. Some people say that coalition governments may tend to spend
more than majority governments, but there is no definitive evidence
one way or the other on that. Either way, it’s up to
your elected representatives, and their election is driven by the
voter. We believe that because BC-STV governments are more
proportional, their spending will more accurately reflect the will
Who would be the Premier under this system?
Under both the current system and the STV system, an MLA
is asked by the Leiutenant Governor to form a government and, if he
or she is successful in doing this, the MLA is appointed
Premier. This MLA could be the leader of the party with
the most MLAs, as is current practice, or could be a person who
will best lead a coalition.