Comment 63379

By Brandon (registered) | Posted May 11, 2011 at 11:03:02 in reply to Comment 63352

The problem is that my MP represents me, but he doesn't necessarily represent my voice or my opinion, nor do I expect him to if he isn't the person that I voted for. I expect him to attempt to resolve any issues that I may have, but don't expect him to vote the way that I think he should unless he's the one that I voted for.

As far as voting systems go, I'm not now, nor have I ever, suggested that a 100% PR system is the way to go for exactly the reasons that you have described. This is why a hybrid system is necessary.

Instead of FPTP, IRV would handle the physical representation, which is ironically how the house votes for the speaker position. It's not complicated, it just means that if my first choice is for the Marijuana party and my second is Conservative, if a group doesn't get more than 50% of the vote, the party with the least votes (let's assume Marijuana) gets eliminated and all their votes get transfered to the voters second choice. Repeat until a group has more than 50% of the votes.

This means that nationally my voice is heard as wanting Marijuana party representation, but that locally my vote isn't wasted. And this is why our voting turnout is so low these days, because people don't think that their vote means anything due to heavy riding bias towards a specific party.

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