My introductory comments at an all-candidates meeting in Port Hope Sept.14, 2015.
One thing we know for sure: it is extremely unlikely that our region’s voters would vote exactly as they did in 2011. For example, if the Greens doubled their vote, an extra 16,000 new Green voters would have elected a Green MP.
Some people assume PR would make MPs less independent. Toronto MP Craig Scott, NDP Democratic Reform Critic, loves to explain that it’s the opposite. With two votes, you can vote for the party you want in government. And you can also vote for the local candidate you like best regardless of party, without hurting your party, since it's the second (regional) ballot that determines the party make-up of the House of Commons. About 32% of voters split their ballots this way in New Zealand with a similar system.
New Zealand 77%