LETTER: Electoral reform referendum presented myth of choice

Dear Editor:

If I wanted to hold a referendum to give the myth of choice, but designed it so it would fail, I would hold it soon after the municipal elections when Christmas is on people’s minds.
I would design a complicated referendum, rather than a simple one. Do you want to keep first past the post or would you support the single transferable vote as recommended by the Citizens Assembly democratically chosen some years ago?

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The only governments which still use first past the post are Britain and former colonies like the U.S. (but not Australia nor New Zealand!) as well as a handful of small Caribbean Islands and some African states.

I would let the first past the post supporters frame it as revolutionary and scary rather than the norm.

What a pity!

We will have to wait several years for another chance.

Rodney Glynn-Morris
West Vancouver

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