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Letters to the Editor

by Letters to the editor on 4 November 2018 - 4:36pm

So far, most of the discussion about Proportional Representation (PR) has focused on fairness. Without a proportional voting system, there’s no way to make every vote count equally. But there are other reasons to adopt it, arguably as valid: it would bring social and financial stability and cut waste.

In elections using first-past-the-post relatively small changes in the vote can give a...

by Letters to the editor on 4 November 2018 - 5:53am

To The Editor:

For those British Columbians who are uncertain about the choices offered in the Proportional Representation referendum, and have not yet voted, there is an alternative voting system that could well work for most citizens and most political parties.

The current First Past the Post system offers simplicity in...

by Letters to the editor on 1 November 2018 - 10:03am

Several times in our province we have had election results distorted by our current voting system (first past the post).
As a result the political landscape has been plagued by polarized politics for as long as anyone can remember and many voters find themselves voting to block something they despise and/or not having their vote represented at all.
The way out of this mess is to...

by Letters to the editor on 1 November 2018 - 6:54am

To The Editor:

As Remembrance Day approaches, I would like to pay tribute to the amputee veterans who founded The War Amps, which marks its 100th anniversary this year.

On returning from the First World War, they came together to help each other adapt to their new reality. They then welcomed the next generation of amputee veterans following...

by Letters to the editor on 29 October 2018 - 8:22pm

To The Editor:

Confused about proportional representation?

Read this.

A key ingredient in any democracy is that people choose their leaders based on their values.  In our current voting system we are often forced to choose between a person or a party or to vote “strategically”. The make-up of the government often doesn’t reflect the...

by Letters to the editor on 28 October 2018 - 1:40pm

To The Editor:

I’d like to offer commentary on Nelson’s election, if I may; I was one of the candidates.

First, voter turnout: 55% isn't impressive. Nelson elections once had better turnout to polls. Toronto had only 40% in their election, but why go low for  comparison?

Second, no councillor elected received 50% of the popular vote. Rik...

by Letters to the editor on 25 October 2018 - 7:40pm

To The Editor:

Proportional Representation leads to better decision making in our Government. It has been demonstrated time and again that better decisions are made collectively than individually.

Proportional Representation (Pro Rep) voting ensures that voters political views are accurately represented.

This in turn ensures that all views are...

by Letters to the editor on 24 October 2018 - 9:51am
A key ingredient in any democracy is that people choose their leaders based on their values.  In our current voting system we are often forced to choose between a person or a party or to vote “strategically”. The make-up of the government often doesn’t reflect the popular vote so a party may only get 10% of the seats even if 30 % or 40% of the people voted for them. Even worse, one party...
by Letters to the editor on 24 October 2018 - 7:07am

To The Editor:

The B.C. government passed an amendment to the Petroleum and Natural Gas Act on March 14, 2018 that protects corporate confidentiality.  Ministry of Finance officials say the new confidentiality provision prevents them from disclosing what individual fossil fuel companies pay in royalties.

Billions of dollars of lost revenue from decreased...

by Contributor on 23 October 2018 - 9:45am

Plus ça change.....

 

One hundred years ago, in 1919, William Lyon Mackenzie King proclaimed that 1921 would be the last...

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