The following is my submission to the Parliament of Canada’s Special Committee on Electoral Reform. For those interested, the Committee is inviting participation until October 7, 2016, via this link.
Canadians interested in electoral reform are becoming aware of a newly invented voting system called Dual Member Proportional, or DMP. What makes DMP stand out is that it’s a form of proportional representation, yet it retains the following widely valued qualities of our current system:
- The ballot is simple.
- The ridings are small.
- All elected representatives are accountable to their local constituents.
Having so much in common with First Past the Post, some electoral reform advocates wonder if Dual Member Proportional is really proportional at all. Are you among them?
This article will fill you in on the core principles, the key people, and the research behind this exciting new option for electoral reform. Read on to see 3 reasons you can be sure that DMP is proportional. Continue reading →
Public consultations are underway to decide on a plebiscite question that could change the way MLAs are elected in the province of Prince Edward Island.
To help get things started, the Government of PEI released a video. It informs Islanders about 5 voting systems under consideration:
- Dual-Member Mixed Proportional (DMP)
- Mixed Member Proportional (MMP)
- Preferential Voting
Of the 5 options, the most original by far is the brand new voting system in the middle, DMP. Continue reading →
Update: This article describes my initial thoughts on a proportional voting system involving exactly two MPs per riding. I later found out about Dual Member Proportional (DMP) a fully developed system similar in essence to the one described here.
The country of Adanac has recently held its first election using a new voting system called Cooperative Proportional. In this system, every riding elects two MPs who cooperate to serve their constituents’ needs. Since Adanac has 10 ridings, its House of Commons has 20 seats.