If we had either system, odds are Harper never would’ve came to power.
The great divide
The only way we can have a fair process on electoral reform is by putting all options on a referendum ballot: PR, RBV and our present broken system, First-Past-the-Post. Then hold a runoff vote to ensure one option is chosen by a majority of voters.
(All 3 PR versions can also be included on the ballot so one is chosen by a majority using the same process.)
Deadly invisible-option vote splitting
Any two-way referendum is certain to fail, producing the dreaded outcome of an FPP false majority.
With a PR referendum, RBV supporters opt for the status quo believing they will get a chance to support their system some time in the future. With a RBV referendum, PR supporters opt for the status quo for the same reason.
This is why 5 two-way referendums have failed in Canada and the UK.
We need democracy to get democracy. If politicking electoral reformers get the opposing option removed from the ballot, they will end up cementing corrupt FPP as the democratic choice of Canadians.
Let’s make sure the choice of Canadians is respected and represented by putting all options on the ballot.