CHANGING DEMOCRACY

  BC and the politics of Middle Earth   

 

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Electoral Reform is the fancy term for changing a voting system. In many democracies this is an era of declining voter turnout, dissatisfaction with government and a malaise about existing democratic systems. Increasingly, people are looking for better ways of electing politicians and keeping them accountable.

In British Columbia a
Citizen's Assembly
is examining whether the current system (first past the post - FPTP) needs changing. This type of scrutiny is a first in BC, but New Zealand has already scrapped FPTP and moved to a form of proportional representation.

NEW ZEALAND PARLIAMENT New Zealand has roughly the same population as BC and similar political, social, economic and cultural institutions. A decade ago New Zealanders (Kiwis) voted to introduce Mixed Member Proportional Representation (MMP).

This web site looks at the Kiwi experience and the lessons they've learned. The information was collected during a tour of New Zealand by Ed Watson, CTV's Victoria Bureau Chief. The research was funded by the Jack Webster Foundation Standard Broadcasting Fellowship. Contact Ed at electoraled@telus.net

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