Assertion PR will cost more unsupported

Any cost would be an improvement over the tyranny of a majority government

Assertion PR will cost more unsupported

Suzanne Anderson writes that electoral reform will be too costly, as if one can put a price on a government in which one is actually represented.

Her assertion that proportional representation would result in more MLAs and support staff, with ensuing costs, is unsupported and in my opinion worth the cost of improving the way our government represents us.

Any cost would be an improvement over the tyranny of a majority government elected by less than 40 per cent of the actual voters, which has happened time and time again. Minority governments, like the one we have now, have to earn their majority every day and must be sensitive to public sentiment even in non election years. Ms. Anderson seems to think this is a drawback, but we shall have to agree to disagree there.

The biggest advantage of the proposal is that it would create viable alternatives for the unaligned voter who is determined to vote against the incumbent government. Right now, if we want to get rid of the Liberals we must vote New Democrat and vice versa, even though we may find both parties objectionable. A legislature with a conservative and/or progressive alternative better serves the public.

I suspect that is why the Liberals oppose proportional representation. They know that it will reduce the likelihood of a future Liberal majority. The New Democrats must be equally aware that their party will likely splinter, so kudos to them for bringing this issue forward. Obviously I disagree with Ms. Anderson’s assessment and hope that my fellow citizens vote with me to improve our current system.

This will not happen if we do not vote. Thank you.

David Lowther

Mesachie Lake

Just Posted

15 new Indigenous teacher training seats added at Cowichan VIU campus

Thorne said the new Indigenous teacher education curriculum that is planned at VIU

VIDEO: Celebrate Christmas with the Royal City Youth Ballet’s beloved version of ‘The Nutcracker’

It’s been 30 years for this company and many families consider attendace a holiday tradition

Another year added to Duncan’s overdose prevention site

Island Health signs one-year lease with Canadian Mental Health Association

Christmas comes alive in Crofton

Parade entries light up the night and rain holds off

Banned song a classic, say most Cowichan Valley Citizen readers

Opinions were strong after we posted to our Facebook page the story… Continue reading

Lawyer for Chinese exec detained by Canada says it’s ‘inconceivable’ she would flee

Meng Wanzhou was detained at the request of the U.S. during a layover at the Vancouver airport

Coming up in Cowichan: From a kitchen party to a live nativity play

Stroke Recovery branch hosting an Open House Nova Scotia Kitchen Party The… Continue reading

B.C.’s skyrocketing real estate market will ‘correct’ in 2019: analyst

Housing prices in Vancouver are set to rise just 0.6 per cent

Climate change, receding glaciers increase landslide risk on B.C.’s Mount Meager

Climate change is causing glaciers atop Mount Meager, in British Columbia, to shrink increasing the chances of landslides and even a new eruption, says one expert.

UK’s May lobbies EU leaders in fight to save Brexit deal

Top European Union officials ruled out Tuesday any renegotiation of the divorce agreement with Britain.

Former Canadian diplomat detained in China amid rising tensions: reports

A former Canadian diplomat has been arrested in China, according to media reports and the international think tank he works for.

In depth: Simple falls causing serious injuries to people over 65

Kelowna’s high population of seniors puts it in the spotlight for how it deals with seniors’ issues

Time magazine’s 2018 person of the year

The group is made up of four journalists and are the “guardians and the war on truth”

Trump to meet with Democrats about border wall, shutdown

US president wants $5 billion for border wall, while Democrats offer up about $1.3 billion for fencing and other security measures

Most Read