Saturday, December 1, 2012
Psst Don't tell anyone, but I kinda sorta agree with Coyne on this one
... So while I don’t see the case for merging the other parties, I do think there’s some merit in a proposal floated by the Liberal leadership candidate Joyce Murray: namely, a one-time-only electoral pact, for the sole purpose of changing the voting system.
The Green Party has proposed something similar. And Nathan Cullen famously ran for NDP leader on an electoral cooperation platform. The details no doubt vary, but here’s how I can see it working. The opposition parties would agree on a single candidate to put up against the Conservatives in each riding. Were they to win a majority, they would pledge to govern just long enough to implement electoral reform: a year, two at most. Then fresh elections would be called under the new system, with each party once again running under its own flag, with a full slate of candidates.
I've long held the view that without electoral reform nothing will change, oh we may elect different governments but more often then not the majority of voters will end up disenfranchised. To me this isn't about defeating Harper, instead I see this as an opportunity to repair our voting system to ensure that government speaks for as many Canadians as possible.
In his column Coyne advocates for proportional representation, while PR is my preferred option a preferential ballot or instant run-off holds promise as well.What ever shape electoral reform takes it can't be any worse than our current first past the post system we have now.
I know many of my fellow progressives have advocated for just such a pact in order to rid us of this most vile Conservative government, however I find myself uneasy with such a maneuver as it will serve only to further disenfranchise some voters and while in the short term may rid us of Harper (YAY), in the long term it solves nothing.
We will still be stuck with a system that so clearly fails us on every level. however if as Coyne envisions the goal is to reform our electoral system then immediately call a fresh election then that I can support.