BLACK PRESS file photo                                The referendum was a lost opportunity to change an unfair system, says letter writer.

BLACK PRESS file photo The referendum was a lost opportunity to change an unfair system, says letter writer.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Outcome of referendum cause for disappointment

Elections have repeatedly demonstrated how unfair our present system is, says letter writer

To the editor,

Re: We need to make the most of first-past-the-post, Editorial, Dec. 25.

The results of the B.C. referendum on proportional representation were deeply disappointing to me.

Since the Greens first introduced the idea in the ’90s, I have wanted PR and have voted in favour of a change from first past the post in all three opportunities to make that change in our voting system. Provincial elections have repeatedly demonstrated how unfair our present system is. One glaring example was Ontario, where 60 per cent of Ontarians voted for something other than Doug Ford’s Conservatives, but they got him in spades with 76 seats in a 124-seat house. With PR he would have had 50 and a minority government composed of the NDP, Liberals, and Greens would have ruled, an outcome the people wanted. A poll in B.C. found that 70 per cent of New Democrats and 73 per cent of Greens favour proportional representation. That finding refutes Andrew Wilkinson’s assertion that in holding this referendum, John Horgan was pandering to the Greens in order to keep peace. The Liberal leader doesn’t seem to care much for the facts; he is interested only in presenting untruths to make Horgan look bad.

Arlene Feke, Nanaimo


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