Proportional representation's advocates invented the concept of the wasted vote, claiming that votes for losing candidates are wasted, and that under PR "every vote counts." But ultimately there is no decision. And that surely is a waste of voting.
John Pepall took degrees in philosophy and politics at Trent University and law at York University. He was called to the Ontario bar in 1978 and practiced civil litigation in Toronto. He was a Progressive Conservative candidate in the Ontario election of 1990. He has written on politics, history, the law and the arts for The Idler magazine, the Literary Review of Canada, the Ottawa Citizen, the Times Literary Supplement and others. He contributed a chapter to Rethinking the Constitution published by the Oxford University Press in 1996 and his Against Reform was published last year by the University of Toronto Press.
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