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Referendums are great

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I just love this thread about Saskatoon's 1988 referendum on school store closing times. I'd not heard of it before; I was 12 years old in Manitoba when this would have happened. Let me introduce you to the most confusing referendum result. It occurred in Saskatoon in 1988, held at the same time as the municipal election. — Paul Fairie (@paulisci) September 29, 2019 It was about store openings, and there were five questions posed to voters.The first was straightforward enough:"Are you in favor of all stores being allowed to be open on Sunday? "YES 22,497 NO 35,319Simple enough -- no to Sunday shopping. — Paul Fairie (@paulisci) September 29, 2019 Question 2 is OK by itself."Are you in favor of grocery stores being open on Sunday?" YES 28,461 NO 27,485No general Sunday shopping, but

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I just love this thread about Saskatoon's 1988 referendum on school store closing times. I'd not heard of it before; I was 12 years old in Manitoba when this would have happened.








When I was in grad school, Bryan Caplan liked to tweak a standard rally chant:
The People!
United!
Will Never Be Defeated Coherent!
I wish that I'd known about the Saskatoon referendum when I was teaching public choice.

Update - I dunno what happened the first time I wrote the first line. I was thinking about schools perhaps.

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