12 May 2010

UK Forms Coalition Government - UPDATE 3

Details are starting to emerge regarding the deal between the UK Conservatives and Liberal Democrats.

Of particular interest is an agreement to hold a referendum on the Alternative Vote. While AV is another flavour of winner-take-all and is not proportional, it does use the preferential ballot. Therefore, AV helps citizens become accustomed to voting by preferential order rather than by either/or.

The agreement also includes moving toward having an elected upper house and by means of a proportional system. (The House of Lords is equivalent in function to the Canadian Senate.)

Would that Canada emulated the UK's example!

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