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Ep 98: Too dumb for democracy ft David Moscrop

We talk about David Moscrop’s (@David_Moscrop) upcoming book: Are we too dumb for democracy?, Jagmeet Singh’s decision to run in Burnaby South and the war of words between Saudi Arabia and Canada. Plus our usual quick takes.

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Links/Notes

Feedback from Mac Lockhart on electoral reform:

Your guest called AV majoritarian and STV proportional, but AV is actually just a special case of STV in which the quote is 50%+1 and the districts are of size 1. I tweeted about this, but this is why STV really shouldn’t be considered PR and should be seen as a member of the broad threshold category that includes plurality and majoritarian systems. Majoritarian and proportional refer to goals – AV and STV try to generate results that account for deeper preferences using ranked ballots and some for of threshold while PR systems aim for PR.

Ireland isn’t a good case study for how many independents are elected because the constituencies are so small and politics are so local there. If we want to know whether STV will induce independents, we’d want to do some complex analysis that no one would care about, but we could do!

It’d be good to point out that every system will likely affect the party system so more people will throw votes at non-major parties. Lot’s of research shows the major parties will likely fracture or at least shrink. Hard to imagine the BC Lib coalition would exist under more proportional systems. So the idea that the BC conservatives wouldn’t pick up some seats or a further left party or Christian Heritage seems unlikely.

Denmark and Iceland just use list PR with districts smaller than the national level. It’s not at all like Rural/Urban where a different system is used across the two.

Canada has never used FPTP at every level of government since Vancouver uses the poorly named multi-member plurality (MMP but not that one). We just don’t used ranked ballots or PR.

Segment 1: Too dumb for democracy?

Segment 2: JagMeet Burnaby’s likely new MP
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  • Jagmeet Singh to run in Burnaby

Segment 3: War of Saud
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Quick takes
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Ep 97: A Fair Vote for PR ft Keith Poore

Fair Vote Canada’s Keith Poore (@KeithPoore) joins us to break down the upcoming proportional representation referendum, and what MMP and Rural Urban Proportional Representation are.

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Links

Segment 1: What’s going on with PR

Quick takes
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Ep 96: A premiere Premier’s Meeting

Canada’s premiers meet in New Brunswick, but did they accomplish anything? And a shooting in Toronto prompts a national outcry for gun reform. Plus quick takes on pipelines, Site C and more.

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Links

Segment 1: Premier’s Meeting

Segment 2: Gun debate
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Quick takes
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Best of bcpoli
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Ep 95: Fishy business

Ian’s back from vacation so we have a full show to catch up on everything bcpoli.

First, we talk all things salmon with BC Green MLA Adam Olsen. Then catching up on BC politics we look at Greyhound’s decision to pull out of Western Canada, the BC government’s labour infrastructure deal and kicking the ridesharing can down the road. We also talk about Trudeau’s latest cabinet shuffle and then we’re into the usual quick takes.

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Links

Segment 2: Catching up on BC politics
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Segment 3: Shuffling the deck chairs on the Trudanic
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Quick takes
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Ep 94: Sean Graham’s Dual Member Proportional

We spoke with Sean Graham, the creator of dual member proportional, one of the systems on the upcoming BC electoral reform referendum ballot.

Find out more about DMP and follow @Sean_Gra

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