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changes were simply not practicable. Nevertheless, we made some progress. We managed to get a few minor reforms accepted on a provisional basis. More important, we changed the whole electoral system to take constituency redistribution out of politics. We moved to recognize in a practical way that being a Member of Parliament is now a full-time occupation. We decided that members should be paid accordingly. Unfortunately, this last proposal became a matter for division in the House although it should have been accepted unanimously. I do not mind saying now that we were

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a photo finish proved accurate. It was, the Daily Colonist reported, “a ding-dong battle,” as all three candidates shared the lead at various points during the vote-counting on the evening of 8 June. At the final tally Gordon again placed second, this time just 90 votes short of the winner Tolmie. McDowell followed Gordon by only 162 votes. In a first-past-the-post electoral system, razor-thin defeats are as conclu- sive as a thorough drubbing, but Gordon took his loss in stride and shrugged off the mudslinging he had endured during the campaign. It was