LETTER: Electoral reform is a waste of taxpayers’ money

Dear editor,

Voting reform? It seems our new provincial government is intent on wasting taxpayer money, as they are all wont to do, never for an instant considering the old saw about, ‘If it ain’t broke, don’t try to fix it,’ on a ‘plebiscite’ to determine how British Columbians should vote in forthcoming provincial elections.

When I first came to Canada in 1955, Premier Ernest C. Manning of Alberta was elected by proportional representation. When Peter Lougheed came to power later he scrapped that and reverted to the majority system, and since then no province, nor the federal government, has used any other voting method than electing a majority of MPs or MLAs to form their governments.

Justin Trudeau quickly discovered there was little enthusiasm for a change to the present system and dropped the idea.

The chief drawback to the proportional vote is that it gives far too much influence to parties that have, at best, miniscule support. In B.C., the NDP government cannot govern without Green Party support, only because the Liberals or NDP didn’t elect enough MLAs, not because of proportional representation. Had either major party achieved a majority of seats, the Greens would have sunk into the obscurity the voters chose for them.

We have a workable system, given to us and most of the world’s democracies by the British Parliament. Don’t change what doesn’t need changing.

Norm Blondel

Courtenay

Just Posted

Union Bay residents concerned about logging within Langley Lake watershed

Residents have been writing to the province, requesting it put a temporary halt to planned activity

Comox skier Cassie Sharpe wins World Cup gold medal in halfpipe

Island product peaking just in time for Olympics

Ladysmith marijuana producer bought by Aphria in $230M deal

Ontario licensed marijuana producer Aphria has reached an agreement to acquire Ladysmith-based… Continue reading

90-year-old Courtenay author publishes her second book within a year

Book launch comes three days prior to Betty Annand’s 91st birthday

CVRD to host open houses on water treatment project

The Comox Valley Regional District will host two open houses in a… Continue reading

VIDEO: Comox Valley Glacier Kings suffer heavy defeat to Oceanside Generals

The Comox Valley Glacier King’s poor start to 2018 continued on Jan.… Continue reading

Did you get Hitched in Courtenay on Sunday?

The first annual wedding show saw big crowds and included two fashion shows

Senior randomly stabbed in B.C. mall food court

Woman arrested after victim, 71, suffers serious injuries

Liberal leadership hopeful Lee visits Courtenay

Meet and greet at the Westerly Hotel draws approximately 60 supporters

Comox Valley Food Bank triples perishable storage capacity

Thanks to a couple of grants, the Comox Valley Food Bank has… Continue reading

B.C. Liberal hopefuls begin final leadership push

Five MLAs, one outsider pitch policies to party members

UPDATED: ‘Young, innocent’ teen hit during Vancouver shootout dies

15-year-old Coquitlam boy was in a car driving by the scene

Ontario man charged with selling Canadian’s usernames and passwords

Ontario man ran site that peddled billions of pieces of personal data: RCMP

Video: B.C. documentary features Okanagan ice climbing

First documentary for Penticton filmmaker captures elusive Okanagan ice climbing

Most Read