Apologies for the trimmed column!
The writer claims that “61 percent of Canadians would prefer anyone else”.
That claim is not supported by the percentage figures.
Here is a concrete example:
Suppose 30% vote for Rob Ford.
Suppose 31% vote for Chris Greaves.
Suppose the remaining 39% vote for Justin Trudeau.
It is not necessarily true that “61 percent of Canadians would prefer anyone other than Justin Trudeau”.
It is extremely possible that 70% of the voting population would prefer anyone except Rob Ford.
The 31% who vote for Chris Greaves might be voting for Chris because (a) he doesn’t have a full head of hair (b) has no family to speak of and (c) is a pretty good computer programmer.
There is nothing in the numerical distribution 30/31/39 that says anything at all about the non-Trudeau voters.
To claim otherwise is a lie.
I fail to see the bad side of a voting system that avoids the extreme ends of the spectrum.
Most of us would turn away from the most extreme right-wing politician and most of us would turn away from the most extreme left-wing politician.
That’s WHY they are branded as “extreme right-wing” and “extreme left-wing”; the extremes are not as possible as the more-central.
Here’s what does, and will, happen: As the general population shifts in attitude, perhaps towards (but not TO) the left, so will the centre shift towards (but not TO) the left.
If you like to think of the voting population as a bell Curve, the entire curve will shift towards the left, but the majority of voters will always be in the central part of that bell Curve; never at the extreme ends.
It is after all the definition of a bell Curve.