by Devon Rowcliffe

Replacing Vancouver’s antiquated voting system is an unfinished conversation that has lingered without resolution for almost 50 years.

In a previous article, I looked at the problems of Vancouver’s at-large voting system, and summarized the major alternatives: the ward system and proportional representation (PR). I ultimately argued that it would be best for Vancouver to adopt a form of PR for its elections.

If PR would result in fairer elections, what is preventing Vancouver from adopting such a voting system?