Why Proportional Representation?

Proportional representation is a new way of voting – one that works for you.

For over 70 years, our voting system has worked for insiders and those who know how to use the system the best: those who have been in power the most. It isn’t fair that a government that gets 40% of the votes should get 100% of the power. The way to make voting more fair for everyone in BC is to give people a new way to vote – and that’s pro rep.

With pro rep, a party that gets 30% of the votes gets 30% of the seats in the Legislature. What BC votes for is what you get. It’s that simple.

Pro Rep Options

All three made-in-BC pro rep options would strengthen our democracy and put people first. The outcome of every option is the same: the proportion of seats a party gets equals the proportion of the vote a party receives in an election, all across the province.

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Dual Member

In this system, voters would elect two MLAs in every riding.

Most ridings in the province would have two MLAs, with a few rural ridings continuing to have one MLA, as they do now.

Voters would elect a candidate from the party that gets the most overall votes in each riding, and would elect a second candidate based on the proportion of the vote each party’s candidates received across the region.

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Mixed Member

In this system, voters would elect over half the MLAs from single member ridings (as we do today), while the remainder would be elected among regional candidates.

Voters would continue to vote for a local candidate, and would also cast a vote for a regional candidate.

Regional MLAs would be elected to make sure that a party’s share of the vote in each region is reflected in the region’s election results.

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3

Rural Urban

In this system, voters in urban areas would elect multiple candidates, while most rural voters would continue to elect one MLA from their local riding.

Voters would use the single-transferable vote for urban areas, and mixed member proportional in rural areas.

In rural areas, additional MLAs would be elected at a regional level, to make sure that a party’s share of the vote in each region is reflected in the region’s election results.

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How does the referendum work?

This fall’s referendum gives us the chance to vote for a better way of electing governments. In the first question, people will get to choose whether they want to replace the status quo with proportional representation. Voters can vote on the first question only, to choose pro rep – and that’s it. If voters want to help choose the kind of pro rep they want, they can vote for that, too. Voters will have a chance to affirm their choice after two elections. No jurisdiction that has moved to proportional representation has gone back to first-past-the-post.