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Still here / BC Election 2017

bc2017Finally got around to doing the 2017 BC election as under the Dual Electoral System. Out of the 87 ridings you have the following as the top two candidates in each.

Top two

Lib / NDP

NDP / Green

Lib / Green

Lib / Ind

Ridings

76

7

2

2

The following are the 11 ridings that were not Liberal / NDP as the top two candidates.

NDP / Green (7): Nelson-Creston, New Westminster, Vancouver-Mount Pleasent, Cowichan valley, Saanich North and the Islands, Victoria-Beacon Hills, Victoria-Swan Lake

Liberal / Green (2): West Vancouver-Sea to Sky, Oak Bay-Gordon Head

Liberal / Independent (2):

Peace River North elects a Liberal (Dan Davies) and Bob Fedderly.

Delta South elects a Liberal (Ian Paton) and Nicholas Wong.

I made the assumption that 80% of the Green vote would go to the NDP and the rest splits 50 / 50 where it’s the Liberal / NDP elected. The NDP vote goes Green and the Liberal goes 67% NDP and 33% Green. For the Independents they get all the NDP and Green vote the rest splits 50 / 50. The results are below.

Parties

Seats

Pop vote

Dual Seats

Dual leg votes

Liberal

43 (49%)

40%

80 (46%)

42%

NDP

41 (47%)

40%

83 (48%)

51%

Green

3 (3%)

17%

9 (5%)

6%

Ind

0 (0%)

3%

2 (1%)

1%

As stated in earlier posts, you can try it, before you buy it. The BC legislature forms the Assembly advisory council of 174 members with 2 from each riding. These being the top two candidates in each. All the other candidates transfer their votes to one of these candidates in their riding. In regular session each member has one vote. In legislative session each member has a number of votes equal to their popular vote plus any popular vote won by a candidate in their riding that got transferred to them. The advisory council in regular session advises the BC Assembly on procedural votes. The Council in legislative session advises the Assembly on whether to pass or defeat a bill up for a final vote.

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Insteadchristyclark of Premier Clark having to ask a Liberal MLA to resign their seat it would be better to create in the BC Assembly’s rules non-voting members. Here from manifesto 42 on the party’s wiki is a policy resolution to do that for the House of Commons.

 ​​Title: House delegates

Introduction


Non-voting members of the House of Commons
Under the standing orders of the House of Commons there shall be created a class of members called House delegates who can motion and debate but have no seat on any committee and no vote in the House of Commons.

Be it resolved


Delegates can be created by an absolute two-thirds majority vote (206) of the Commons. These delegates have a term of office for the duration of that parliament. A House delegate called a Member-emeritus can be created by an absolute three quarters majority vote (231) of the Commons. A Member-emeritus serves for the duration of five parliaments starting with the one in which they are created. All Speakers of the House become a Member-emeritus in the Parliament after they retire.

Be it further resolved


There shall be ex-officio House delegates who are any member of the Council of Ministers or the Council of Opposition who does not have a seat in the House of Commons. Furthermore both the Prime Minister and the Leader of the Opposition shall only be House delegates. If they are members of the House of Commons at the time of appointment as Prime minister or Leader of the opposition they then shall resign that seat in the House of Commons. Also if any leader of an official political party does not have a seat in the House of Commons they shall become a delegate member of the Commons. The status of an official political party shall be granted to any party, which got 5% or more of the popular vote in the last election or who has 1% or more of the membership in the House of Commons.

Summary


What does this change federally? It means that the House of Commons would have 308 voting members plus 3 House delegates. The three House delegates would be the Prime Minister Stephen Harper, the Leader of the Opposition Mr. Thomas Muclair, and the Leader of the Bloc Mr Daniel Paille. There could be more delegate members of the House of Commons depending on whom the Prime minister and the Leader of the opposition appoints to the Cabinet or the Council of opposition. Both the prime minister and the leader of the opposition become solely national leaders without any responsibilities attending the office of Member of Parliament. Also their ridings will have full time MPs serving their constituents.

Author


Barry Aulis compton-stanstead / QC