Claims about local and regional representation:
“We’re going to see a loss of regional representation. There’s no way you can do these systems without losing rural representation in particular.” Stated by: Bill Tieleman, spokesperson for the official NO campaign. BC Today, May 30, 2018.
“Say farewell to your local MLA.” Stated by: NO to PR sponsored ad on facebook.
These claims are false.
All proportional systems for Canada maintain local representation. Local representation has been a core value of every citizens’ assembly and commission in Canada on electoral reform.
Depending on the proportional model you will have one local MLA and regional MPs (Mixed Member Proportional), several local MPs (Single Transferable Vote) or a combination (Rural-Urban Proportional).
Every region will have MPs in the government and the opposition – and that means a stronger voice for voters in every region.
Right now, one party can sweep every seat in a region – leaving no voice for voters of other parties. With PR, every region will represent the diversity of its voters, giving every region MPs in the government and opposition.