I am surprised to see another re-run of John H. Redekop’s comparison of voting in an election, to two hockey teams playing for the Stanley Cup.
John immediately has it wrong in this poor comparison, because there are actually more than two ‘teams’ in our federal election. That is precisely what is wrong with first past the post – it comes from a time when there were just two parties.
The comparison to hockey is meaningless, and does nothing to address the issue at hand. I’d go so far as to say the comparison is actually misguided, and surely has had some ill effect within Abbotsford, as evidenced by previous chances at provincial electoral reform. Abbotsford had the lowest support for reform in all of B.C.
If we keep playing the game of ‘winner takes all politics’, then I guess we’ll have to keep dealing with the fact that less than 40% of voters in the country support our prime minister and government. I remain convinced we can do better.