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Letter: Relationships

To The Editor:

Is there a relationship between sound climate/environmental policy and electoral systems?  I often ponder that question and have come to the conclusion that when governments need to collaborate with other parties in order to legislate policies that best serve the broad needs of the population including the environment; there is less influence from single interest lobbyists.

What I am sensing is that collaborative governments are not as easily corrupted by outside interests.

The recent report by Carl Meyer for The National Observer: “G7 promise to kill fossil fuel subsidies…” illustrates how shortterm financial gain can usurp sound long term “best practice” policy.

British Columbia is on the eve of a Referendum on electoral reform.  If mandated, there could be a change to a system based on Proportionality – how we all voted. I wonder how our future would develop in terms of alternate energy sources, social infrastructure and the political will to have a livable world.  I also wonder what influence British Columbia might have on the rest of Canada.

Ron Robinson, Nelson, BC