Wednesday, August 15, 2007
Victory For "No" Side?
There is an interesting dynamic that is developing. There are two sides to this referendum, each with their own websites. One site is VoteforMMP.ca while the other is NoMMP.ca. Take note of the "No" in their site. Then also take note that on this site they refer to the other side as the "yes" side. Frankly, I think that is an appropriate reference. However, if successful, it can be an important victory for the "No" side. Why? Because it will frame the debate into a defense of the mixed member proportional (MMP) system rather than a comparison of MMP to the first-past-the-post system. It is far better for those opposed to MMP to frame the context of the debate into a yes/no question. There are problems with the first-past-the-post system that its supporters would rather avoid having to deal with.