Submission DIETZFELBINGER-1640 (Online)
|Submission By|| Christoph Dietzfelbinger
|Address||Smithers, BC, Canada
|Category||Electoral system change, Regional representation
I recommend a mixed representative
[MMP] system. The issue of regional representation
should not allow us to lose sight of the most glaring failure of
the current system. Each vote must count, and right now it does
not. [1 page]
The current discussion focusses on regional representation. As a
northern resident, I fully agree with the need to ensure that rural
and northern areas gain more recognition than they currently have.
However, my experience in both Germany (my country of origin) and
in Canada (citizen since 1989) lead me to recommend a mixed
representative [MMP] system, much like it exists in
Germany. The two ballots that voters cast there elect a list of
candidates as proposed by the parties (in an internal democratic
process) AND those candidates that collect more than 50% of the
votes in a riding. Yes, this necessitates increasing the number of
seats. I do not see this as bad.
This way, candidates that manage to convince the voters of a
particular riding that they are their best chance to be well
represented can do so. And the burning issue of wasting all those
votes that do not go to the winning candidate in the current system
I would also recommend to allow changing the placement of
candidates on party lists. That, again, will enable voters to move
those candidates that they trust the most ahead.
The issue of regional representation should not allow us to lose
sight of the most glaring failure of the current system. Each vote
must count, and right now it does not.