The numbers speak for themselves. Notley's NDP took 41% of the vote, quite respectable but not all that much higher than Stephen Harper's take in the last runoff. Between them, Wild Rose and the Cons took 24% and 28% respectively. The PCs outdistanced Wild Rose by several points yet got about a third of their seat count.
We like the idea of proportional representation when it comes to getting rid of Harper. Not so much when it works for the NDP.
Just minutes ago Fair Vote Canada issued a statement calling on premier Notley to implement proportional representation.
After an election in which 798,000 votes went nowhere, Rachel Notley has a golden opportunity to bring a more democratic voting system to Alberta.
“Proportional representation is a long-time policy of the Alberta NDP,” said Yared Mehzenta, spokesperson for Fair Vote Canada’s Edmonton Chapter. “We call on the premier-elect to act on electoral reform.”
“Given the distortion of the popular vote, Notley must ensure Albertans will have equal and effective votes in future elections.”
In total, 53 per cent of Alberta voters cast votes for losing candidates – with the riding of Calgary-South-East casting the most ineffective votes: 63.5% (http://myvoteshouldcount.ca/).
A system of proportional representation could reduce that number to as low as 5 per cent.
“The legislature Albertans voted for on Tuesday is not the legislature the voting system gave them,” said Mark Hambridge, spokesperson for FVC’s Calgary Chapter.