Ontario MMP referendum

By Harold Jansen on Oct 10, 2007

Matthew Soberg Shugart, one of my favorite electoral systems specialists, and certainly my favorite electoral systems blogger (it's a small club) has written a great blog post about the referendum and MMP in Ontario. Shugart makes the point that many have made: Ontario is not a particularly likely candidate for electoral reform because it hasn't experienced many of the distortions that other jurisdictions using the plurality system have experienced, particularly the "wrong winner" phenomenon, where the second place paty in votes wins the most seats. I would also note that Ontario usually elects robust oppositions, so lopsided majorities (another trigger for electoral reform) aren't present, either.

It should be an interesting evening....

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