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Members of the Citizens' Assembly on Electoral Reform spent the weekend of October 16 and 17, 2004, designing a Mixed Member Proportional electoral system model – one that they thought could work in B.C.

This followed on their design of a Single Transferable Vote (STV) model on the weekend of September 25-26.

Members planned on the weekend of October 23-24 to pick one of these two as the best potential model for B.C. Then they were set to compare its pluses and minuses with those of the current " First Past the Post" system.

And they planned to cap that weekend by settling on their recommendation to the B.C. public: Vote on a new system, or stick with the one we have.

Here is some reference material from the October 16-17 weekend:

  • The Assembly’s October 17 news release
  • A presentation (PowerPoint, 94KB) from Ken Carty, the Assembly’s director of research, that covered three things: (i) a review of elements selected by members September 25-26 as parts of a model Single Transferable Vote (STV) system; (ii) a look at the operation of electoral boundary commissions; and (iii) an overview of basic elements of Mixed electoral systems.
  • A much more detailed handout on the elements of mixed systems. This is available as a Word document (49KB) or as a PDF file (159KB).
  • A presentation (PowerPoint, 131KB) from Prof. Lisa Young of the University of Calgary on electoral systems and women’s representation in parliaments and legislatures
  • Audio and video coverage of the sessions. (You'll find the items at the bottom of that page.)
  • The weekend’s agenda
  • A sample MMP ballot from New Zealand
  • And a sample ballot from Finland

Info on other meetings in the members' Deliberation Phase:


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