Supplementary submission [to Schwartz
I continue to strongly favour "PR light" - about 20% compensation
PR seats. (I have previously made a submission on this point, and
earlier attached the Law Commission of Canada study that I wrote,
with Darla Rettie, in 2003 [See Schwartz
The STV (Irish system) is too complicated and in Canadian
conditions can require constituencies that are too large to be
I continue to agree, with Winston Churchill, that Alternate Voting
is by far the worst idea on the table -- it does not produce
proportionality and it gives too much weight to second choices of
fringe party voters.
My supplementary submission deals with the way to choosing PR
members. I have earlier proposed using party lists, but limiting
the ability of a member to be repeatedly elected this way, rather
than being directly elected.
I just wanted to mention another approach - which is to have the PR
members chosen from among those candidates in a region who actually
ran for office, based on how many votes they actually received even
though they did not finish first.
I have briefly elaborated on this concept in the attachment.
Again, it has been an honour to have a chance to contribute to your