Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Proportional representation much more stable than First-Past-the-Post

One of the lies the corporate-owned media spreads about PR is that it leads to “short-lived governments paralyzed by conflict.” According to the “leftist” Toronto Star:

The best argument in favour of [FPP] is that it leads to strong governments. By contrast, proportional representation is a recipe for unstable coalitions, permanent minority government and legislative chaos.

If one checks out the facts, however, the opposite is shown to be true.

Let’s compare Canada’s post-war government stability under FPP to that of Western European nations that use “chaotic” PR:

At 3.1 years ranking 11 of 12, Canada is clearly no paragon of government stability under “strong, stable” FPP. (For more details click here.)

Why is FPP less stable?

Andrew Coyne points out why FPP is actually less stable than PR:

“We think of minority governments as unstable because, in our present winner-take-all system, they are: the payoff from [a] two per cent swing [vote] is such that every party has its finger poised over the election button, ready to press it the minute they get a pop in the polls.
“But take away the leverage—let a two per cent swing in the popular vote mean a two per cent change in seats—and everyone is forced to calm down. Politics becomes more incremental, a matter of long-term persuasion, rather than short-term gambles.”

Why does the corporate media support FPP?

Why does the corporate-owned media support corrupt FPP while suppressing and attacking electoral reform? The answer is simple: businessmen can better lobby and influence minority-party dictatorships than multi-party democratic governments (which are the norm in the developed world.)

Conclusion

A referendum is likely coming down the pike if the opposition forms the government in 2015. People who think our voting system is broken better beware. Corrupt businessmen are out to torpedo the referendum with slander and lies so they can maintain more control over the country than the people.

If we want to take back our democracy, we’re going to have to fight for it.

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