Two facts loom large as this Pro Rep campaign concludes.
First, among the 36 rich, industrialized countries (the OECD), Canada, the US and the UK are the last using FPTP.
All the others, including nine of the 10 highest-performing economies, use some form of ProRep.
Second, in the last B.C. election, only 28 per cent of youth age 18 to 24 voted. Voter turnout for youth is higher in Pro Rep countries.
Are we going to continue with a voting system that has youth giving up or tuning out anything political? This may be a last chance for middle-age and older voters to test drive this well-respected voting system and demonstrate its effectiveness for the rest of Canada.
Please post your ballots and tell others in your network to do the same. Ballots can be mailed up to Nov. 23 or hand-delivered to one’s local Services BC Centre by Nov. 30.