Nice MMP sales pitch

Ontario’s referendum on electoral reform was an “unmitigated disaster” plagued by voter and media apathy, a poor education campaign, and an impossible threshold for passage, proponents say…

“This has been an unmitigated disaster,” said Dennis Pilon, assistant professor of political science at University of Victoria and author of The Politics of Voting: Reforming Canada’s Electoral System.

“I don’t think ever so much money has been wasted in educating people so poorly.”

Mr. Pilon said too much of Elections Ontario’s referendum education campaign focused on the mechanics of MMP and not on why voters should care about electoral reform.

“Selling a voting system is like selling a car. Most of us don’t look up under the hood. We recognize that there are professionals who will take care of that. What we want to know is performance.”

— Brodie Fenlon, “Referendum on electoral reform an ‘unmitigated disaster’“.  Globe & Mail, October 10th, 2007.

[emphasis mine]

Translation:  Voters are morons.  Don’t tell them about the unique features of this model—show them the horsepower rating, mileage… and shiny chrome rims!

Gee I feel all warm and fuzzy inside after this sterling appraisal of the voting public’s intelligence.   Sure makes me want to hand the keys of the kingdom over to professionals who will “take care of all that”.  Idiot.

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3 Responses
  1. Colin says:

    After watching Ontario sleepwalk McRetard into power for 4 more years, I have to concur. Voters are morons.

  2. Chris Taylor says:

    I can live with 4 more years of McGuinty if it means the next Tory leader might present something akin to a conservative election platform. And without the batshit craziness of forcing religious and non-religious taxpayers alike to underwrite religious education of all stripes.
    I like my religion just fine but I don’t want anybody other than adherents to pay for schools run by it. Why should the taxpayers of Ontario be on the hook?

  3. Colin says:

    I agree, that issue sank him. And he was more Red Tory than anything. But I don’t see a leader waiting in the wings.
    I am not looking forward to the next four years.