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Letter: Who’s Afraid of Electoral Reform

To The Editor:

I (recently) read through the 7 page Executive Summary and Recommendations from the Attorney General’s Report on the electoral reform referendum.  The 4 guiding principles seem easy to accept: local representation, proportionality, simplicity and no significant change in the size of the Legislature.

What I found interesting is that all 3 PR systems offer local representation and proportionality.  Even more interesting is that some features of our current system are used to achieve local representation; but cannot deal with proportionality.

If accepted, I understand that an all-party committee of the Legislative Assembly, election administrators and the public will work out specific system details.

With the addition of those now eligible to vote, it will still be you, me and our neighbors casting our votes – I’m not sure where the extremist groups will come from?

So where is the fear factor?

Ron Robinson, Nelson BC