System needs overhaul to bring it into the 21st century says reader

January 5,  2017


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To the Editor:

Interesting to see how much opposition there is according to this poll to electoral reform.

I wonder if this is simply a reflection of our regional demographics of being both an ageing population and typically right-leaning politics, both usually resistant of progressive policies; or perhaps as some comments state that this is simply too complex for a simple yes-no questionnaire.

However, I must say that I'm surprised by some of the ignorant comments by some. Stating things such as "Justin wants us to look more like the USA", when in reality the current FPTP (first past the post) system resembles the US system more than anything as it promotes the usual two party system of the States.

 Meanwhile proportional representation would allow more votes to be weighted accordingly to their actual voting base, thus creating a better plurality within parliament that reflects the will of the electorate.

Furthermore, the current system is complete nonsense. We teach children that in math anything over 50% makes a majority, but then in politics a government can form a "majority" even though the real majority didn't vote for the government?

One could argue that for the first 100 years, FPTP worked for Canada as we were a predominantly agrarian society with a rather homogeneous cultural outlook. However, over the past 50 years we have changed and become more progressive, more open to opinions of others; as such we need a system of government that accurately reflects our cultural and political outlook. While the system is not entirely broken, it definitely needs a much needed overhaul to bring it up to the 21st century.

Devon Cartwright

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To the Editor:

We should believe the Hawks are on their way to a terrific finish this year.

When a kudo is handed out the man to thank is Don Matheson for a tireless job of signing a great team.

Let's get out and support OUR team

Tom Kelly.


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