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Are you Irish for the day? Then vote like the Irish!

March 14, 2009

Lá Fhéile Phádraig Sona Duit !
(that’s Happy St. Patrick’s Day in Gaelic)

Tuesday March 17 is St. Patrick’s Day, the national day of celebration of all things Irish in memory of its patron saint, St. Patrick.  I wonder what St. Pat would think Read the rest of this entry »


BC-STV: It’s for the Common Good

March 3, 2009

In this excellent article, Nick Loenen explains how FPTP encourages confrontational politics with winners and losers, whereas BC-STV would promote more civilized discourse, and enourage politicians to work together for the common good!

The Drama is Over: AMS President Confirmed

February 25, 2009

Just a quick note to let people know that SlateGate has been resolved.  Frederick Blake will be the president.  See detailed reports here and here.

Maybe now we can found out about those Condorcet results, eh, Sarina?

Good Blog Posts/Articles from Around the Web

February 22, 2009

An excellent article on BC-STV and the recent debate between Shoni Field (Of the Citizens Assembly) and David Shreck (Of the FPTP side).

This Blog post is written for the Ontario MMP campaign, but is equally applicable to BC (BC-STV should also fix this).  It discusses how under FPTP only a few swing voters in swing ridings matter much, Read the rest of this entry »

STV system for voters

February 18, 2009

Bruce Krayenhoff’s letter to the editor, originally published at:

Re: Voting systems explained, February 10, 2009

In this article Bill Tieleman is quoted as saying “Why would B.C. change its way of electing members of the legislature to one favoured in just a few places?,” referring to the fact that STV is only used nationally in three countries (although it is used municipally in several more).

The answer is that, whereas most voting systems are designed by politicians to work for politicians, BC-STV is a voting system designed by our fellow voters in the Citizens’ Assembly to work for voters! Read the rest of this entry »

AMS VP External and President Interviews

January 30, 2009

We sat down with the Vice President External and the Presidential candidates to make sure they understood BC-STV, then discussed this issue with them and send them an interview via email.  Here are their responses:

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AMS Exec. Endorsements and Commentary

January 27, 2009

This year, a significant part of the portfolio of the Vice President External – and to a lesser extent the President – will be making student issues heard and getting students out to vote during the provincial election.  Along with this provincial election we will have a referendum on whether to change to the BC-STV voting system recommended by the BC Citizens’ Assembly on Electoral Reform.  As we have discussed in our post ‘Why is the BC-STV Referendum So Important for Students?,’ we think this referendum is even more important for students than the election, and we hope that the VP External and the President will be strong advocates for BC-STV.

Thus, we make several endorsements below based solely on the candidates’ views of BC-STV and the role they would have the AMS play on this issue. We provide discussion and links in hopes that you (the voter) will read more and make your own decision.

You will be able to vote through the AMS elections website Starting Jan. 29th at 9AM.

Vice President External

Our Recommended Ranking (You get to rank candidates 1,2,3, etc. when you vote) is:

1  Timothy Chu

2  Iggy Rodriguez *

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Why is the BC-STV Referendum So Important for Students?

January 27, 2009

First of all, research strongly suggests that more representative voting systems do result in better government, so students like everyone else will benefit from better, more stable and more accountable government if BC-STV is implemented.

However, there are a few reasons why BC-STV stands to be particularly beneficial for students: Read the rest of this entry »

Voter supports new system to make MLAs accountable

January 6, 2009

Originally published in The Times
Tuesday, January 06, 2009


Re: Keith Baldrey’s column in last Friday’s Times, entitled Predicting political future:

In reading Keith Baldrey’s predictions for 2009, the following sentence really jumped out at me: “The B.C. election outcome will come down to about a half dozen seats.”

This is another delightful feature of our First Past the Post (FPTP) voting system: only a few voters in a few “swing ridings” really matter, and the rest of us can be safely ignored.

I am sure that the government will treat these swing ridings very well and provide them with lots of goodies using our tax dollars. Read the rest of this entry »

Fair Vote group is now full – please direct friends to Fair Vote Canada – 2

December 12, 2008

This from Larry Gordon of Fair Vote Canada.  I estimate that about .1% of Canadian voters on Facebook are now members of the Fair Vote Canada Facebook group.  It seems that the strategic voting discussion and the recent coalition discussions/debate have raised an unprecedented degree of interest in fairer voting systems!

Due to fabulous growth in the past few weeks, the original Fair Vote Canada Facebook group is now full (just under 5,000 members). We have closed the group, because if we exceed 5,000 we lose the ability to send email to the group. So yesterday we launched a new parallel Facebook group: Fair Vote Canada – 2:

We will post the same news, updates and events, and the same email content for members of both groups. If you are referring friends to join us on Facebook — and please do!– please send them to Fair Vote Canada – 2.

Thanks – and we’ll be sending along a link for the online survey results later today. We had more than 2,000 responses!

By: Bruce Krayenhoff