Saturday, April 19, 2014

Fw: Daily Digest April 19, 2014

On Sunday, April 20, 2014 6:48:42 AM, Joe Hueglin <phoenix.rising@bellnet.ca> wrote:


The DAILY DIGEST: INFORMATION and OPINION
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My family went home about 10:00 so the links were looked up to accompany Brian's post .

One question from me,  shall I make the Kiev and Russian origin articles a one time shot or keep doing them whole the crisis is on?

Should you have views on what Brian is requesting, please share.

         Joe
                  Oh, "Christ is risen!"
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Hi Joe:

I don't get as much time to read Below 30 or other things as I used to… too much time spent on urban planning matters, including an appearance on Thursday before a committee at Queen's Park regarding abolition of the OMB

I was wondering what the views are of you and the readers regarding "proportional representation" – I generally prefer the Australian system but it seems that all of the major groups dedicated to "electoral reform" of some type do not consider what the Aussies have to be PR and they are vehemently opposed to it…

I was wondering if anyone knows of a group (or would even like to start one) that pushes for Canada to follow the IRV/V system and not "PR" as such – maybe even instituting mandatory voting.

AV/IRV would mean that political parties are less willing to alienate people whose first choice is a different party… and unlike PR, would not result in a party with 5% extorting other parties to support laws that only a tiny minority want, while still allowing smaller parties to flourish by ending the need for strategic voting.

Curious to know what others think…

Brian Graff
btgraff@gmail.com
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