What is much more important than a referendum; is what a PR government would look like, function, change things to improve our lives, says letter writer. (NEWS BULLETIN file photo)

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Better reasoning needed for a new voting system

How would a proportional-representation government look, function and change things?

To the editor,

Re: All votes need to count, Letters, Jan. 2.

I think the B.C. vote will go the same way as Ontario 2007 referendum; 63 per cent to keep their voting system.

What is proportional representation supposed to accomplish? Will it improve voter turnout? There is always a percentage of us who are cynical about governments and use every excuse not to exercise the right to vote.

If PR is designed to give us better governance, Green leader Andrew Weaver and Premier John Horgan are poor examples. The wished-for co-operation expected is clearly not evident. Weaver has gone to the media several times since being elected about conflicting issues; instead of using a collaborative consultative approach with the NDP, which PR is touted to accomplish.

Rather than a mish mash of parties, a strong leader should always be a priority, to make good decisions and gets things done. Germany has a so-called coalition-style government but there’s no doubt that a good leader like Merkel is essential.

Regarding the letter writer’s argument; how does ‘more votes actually matter’ principle work? Her idea of a ‘true majority’ is unclear, what does will it really mean?

What is much more important than a referendum; is what a PR government would look like, function, change things to improve our lives. It seems to me, we’re putting the cart before the horse. Before I vote for PR, I need a lot more clear policies and procedures explained. Otherwise, the person I want in government, no matter where I live will just make me feel good, but do little to improve my province.

J.L. Isopp, Nanaimo

The views and opinions expressed in this letter to the editor are those of the author and do not reflect the views of Black Press or the Nanaimo News Bulletin. If you have a different view, we encourage you to write to us or contribute to the discussion below.

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