Electoral reform is tricky. Luckily for B.C., New Zealand has already danced this dance — and we can learn a lot from their experience.

[TL;DR] Like Canada, New Zealand’s FPTP electoral system stemmed from its British colonial legacy. Kiwis were frustrated with their two major parties, so in 1993 they voted to change their electoral system from first-past-the-post to mixed member proportional (or MMP). Under MMP, voters cast two ballots: one for a local candidate, and one for a party. A 2011 referendum showed people were happy with the system they had chosen. New Zealand now has smaller parties represented…

Alexandra Clarke

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