BC’s other election: STV
Back in the 2005 BC election, a proportional representation system, known as Single Transferable Vote, or STV, was put to the people. It was recommended as an alternative to the current First-Past-the-Post system that has delivered some unusual and uneven results in BC and other parts of Canada over the years. STV captured a majority of votes â€“ a larger share of the popular vote than the Liberals won in their 2001 landslide â€“ but not the 60% threshold required for victory. It was a narrow-enough margin that the BC government decided to put it back to the people one more time.
The CCPA-BC’s pre-election edition of BC Commentary takes a closer look at that other vote on May 12, the referendum on STV. With an economic crisis on our hands, and controversies about the carbon tax, few people are talking about STV in the lead-up to the vote. That is a shame, because whether for or against STV, the referendum provides an opportunity to take a step back and look at what we like, and do not like, about our electoral system.
In the spirit of democracy, our special edition breaks from our usual publishing pattern, and includes a number of articles written by CCPA members who have taken an interest in the issue of democratic reform, including one who served on the 2004 Citizens’ Assembly on Electoral Reform that recommended STV. We have also included a simple primer on the STV process, and since CCPA has no organizational position on STV we have both the yes and no sides represented.