... its adoption by Canada’s largest city could change a great deal — not only in Toronto but across the country.I wish Coyne and other like-minded meddlers (eg. academics and fringe parties) would quit flogging the 'election reform' nag. But, he (and they) won't, so maybe for his next exercise Mr. Coyne could venture beyond the theoretical and analyze actual cases where his suggested reforms have been tried (eg Italy) and what results they've produced. Have they yielded better governments or worse, and by what measures? Have they produced better standards of living? What were the unintended consequences?
... Would Toronto’s adoption of the ranked ballot help or hurt the broader cause of electoral reform? Almost certainly it would help.
... So while a ranked ballot is not proportional representation, it would, crucially, mark the first breach in first-past-the-post’s monopoly in this country. The seal having been broken, the status quo might no longer exert quite the same grip on the public imagination. ...
Saturday, March 9, 2013
Coyne won't quit flogging the 'election reform' horse
For now it's just a proposal to use a ranked or preferential ballot in Toronto city council elections but he's hoping this will stimulate broader reform: