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Submission DAY-1555 (Online)

Submission ByMr Eric M Day
AddressBurton, BC,
CategoryElectoral system change
I support MMP for BC with 53 constituency seats and 26 party semi-open list seats. Parties should run candidates in 50% of the constituencies to gain list seats and party list candidates should be selected democratically. [1 page]

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I am writing to express my support for the Mixed Member Proportional Representation [MMP] option in the current review of BC’s Electoral System.

I believe that the Free Your Vote model of 53 constituency seats and 26 party list seats provide an equitable division between local representation and proportionality, even though this would result in a fifty percent increase in electoral districts.  I also endorse the Free Your Vote proposals to:

  1. Require political parties to run candidates in at least 50% of constituencies in order to qualify for list seats.
  2. Require political parties to select list candidates in a democratic way that grants every party member a say in the. selection process.
  3. Have flexible lists where a voter can choose to accept the list as ranked or indicate a preference for a candidate within the list.
While the existing electoral system may, questionably, have been adequate for the narrow socio-economic issues of the 19th and 20th centuries, it will require a broader perspective to meet the looming problems of the 21st, and I believe that a MMP electoral system will allow for a wider level of debate in the council chambers of the province and, I hope, ultimately, in those of the nation.

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