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"the best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter."in his argument that we don't want the system to be too democratic. Simpson, in his argument that we don't want the system to be too democratic, says that,
"PR systems can make hard decisions if they absolutely have to, as in a crisis. But they don't instinctively put a premium on long-term thinking or provide the smack of strong government."
"If we end up with the B.C. model [STV], that delay [in implementing it] will be a blessing"
"PR is better - go study it for yourself, and don't believe everything you read in the paper."
we've already achieved many of the benefits of PR through our new system of election financing. In our last election, the Greens didn't elect a single MP, as is commonly the fate of small, widely dispersed parties under the existing, winner-take-all system. But the Greens will get a lot of public funding for their 4 per cent share of the vote, so their voice will be heard across the nation anyway.
"But none of its advocates have yet explained the most radical consequence of a switch to proportional representation. This is that PR will significantly increase the number of urban MPs in our legislatures, and decrease correspondingly the number of rural MPs."
"our most glaring political imbalance is the overrepresentation of rural Canada and the underrepresentation of urban Canada."
"Involved here, as PR advocates take care not to admit, is a transfer of power from voters to party professionals. In advance of the election, each party would compile a list of its second-choicers, in descending order. Those most liked by the party insiders would head the list and most likely would make it to Parliament."
"These second-choice MPs won't be rooted in any riding. So star urban candidates would be natural choices, as well as representatives of ethnic and other minority groups, all of whom are concentrated in cities."
"It's possible that the advocates of proportional representation don't realize this. It cannot be a coincidence, though, that almost all of them are urban types."
As for the Canadian and U.S. governments' approach, Stender has strong words.
"As they say in North America: 'You can put poison in food, if you label it properly.' Here in Denmark, we remove the poison and people don't have to know anything about trans fatty acids," he says."
"Preparations for major changes to Canada's electoral system are under way by the Liberal government, the deputy House Leader said Monday,..."
"...but he would not commit to making a plan available before the next federal election."
The NDP would be in favour of some of the reforms, such as proportional representation, because the party is small.[emphasis added]
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