From October 22 to November 30th, BC is going to hold a referendum about changing the voting system used. Currently we use First Past the Post, which is basically winner takes all, whoever gets the most votes wins. While this system might seem the fastest and most effective way to elect members of legislative assembly (MLAs). I would argue that it is not. I am personally in favor of proportional representation, the new way, because it allows for better representation of different groups in government.( There is a Youtube link at the end that explains proportional representation really well.) Proportional representation is just like what it sounds, having better and more accurate representation in the people we elect. For example, a riding may elect a Conservative MLA because they got the most votes right? While he may have gotten the most votes, simply because he has more voters in that riding, We are neglecting the other half of the population that didn't vote for him, thus not being proportionally representative. In addition to voting on whether or not you want proportional representation in the referendum, you have to choose which type of proportional representation. there are three options: Dual Member, Mixed Member and Rural-Urban.
I personally prefer the Rural- Urban option. It uses the mixed member method with the addition of the single transferable vote. I prefer it because it eliminates voter bias by using a ranking system, In the end, you get more MLAs, for one area, that have different backgrounds and affiliations, It would make it easier for people to get their ideas heard because there are more people to represent them that understand their needs and wants, instead of one MLA that may or may not represent your ideologies. It makes more sense to me than just choosing one MLA that may or may not accurately represent the vast variety of ideologies in a riding. Some might say that it is complicated and too mathematical to tabulate the results, but it's not like the general population is having to do the math and its really quite simple. They use a quota system to elect multiple MLAs. All that happens is that we combine smaller ridings to form bigger ridings where we elect multiple people in the one riding versus one in each small riding.
While I may prefer the Rural-Urban system, the MMP & DMP are also systems that allow for more MLAs to better represent the people. In the end what's the worst that could happen? If we end up really disliking it we can easily just go back to the FPTP, so why not give it a shot and potentially make history? I may not actually be able to vote in this referendum but, I sincerely hope that we get the opportunity to try this new way of voting.
Note: This is just my opinion and you are free to make your own. Here are some links showcasing the different sides of the story.