Old thread. God knows what I posted above.
This idea of the Single transferable vote (STV) for better representation has been brought up and defeated twice in BC already. Why do you think it will be accepted federally?
We are not Europe. We still like some things to be unequal.
However this is done, it seems to me that our parliament should reflect the popular will at the local level.
You could implement some form of Alternative Voting; a preferential ballot system whereby you select in order of preference the candidates that you want. You can use this to run an instant runoff.
I happen to prefer the idea of a clear majority vote at the riding level for the MP. A run-off is simple, allows voters to know see candidate support and requires that citizens vote twice. (I happen to believe that citizens who exert effort to vote are probably better voters.)
Pliny and TB, I simply think that having a federal MP with easy-to-understand majority local support is a good thing. The US election system and the French presidential elections are based on this simple majority principle of run-offs.
"In civilised society he stands at all times in need of the cooperation and assistance of great multitudes, while his whole life is scarce sufficient to gain the friendship of a few persons." Adam Smith, The Wealth of Nations, Book 1, Chapter 2