What's wrong with the current system? 


B.C. is currently divided into 87 individual districts (also known as ridings), each of which elects a single representative for that riding. Whichever candidate gets the most votes in that district is elected, even if they don't get a majority, or over 50%, of the votes. As a result, many British Columbians don't have a representative that they voted for and B.C. provincial governments have received 100% of the power with as little as 39% of the vote. This means all of the decisions for a 4 year term are made by politicians and a Party that less than half of British Columbians support.

Additionally, many voters live in “safe” ridings that typically always go to to one party, so they feel their vote is wasted. Others feel they have to vote strategically so that the party they like the least doesn’t get into power. Because FPTP is a winner-takes-all system that usually produces false majority governments, parties tend to focus on negative campaigning because sabotaging their opponents is their best shot at getting 100% of the power. These features of FPTP contribute to public cynicism and low voter turnout.

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