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LETTERS: It's time to move to proportional representation

First-past-the-post has created voter apathy, according to this KamloopsMatters reader
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Dear Editor:

You can’t make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear. And that’s the problem with our present first-past-the-post (FPTP) electoral system.

No matter which way you try to sew that sow’s ear into a purse, the fundamental unfairness of our present FPTP system is always visible in its unavoidable wrinkles and frayed edges. The party that wins on election night usually gets far less than half the popular vote, but somehow, inexplicably ends up with all the power! The “winner” calls it a “majority” win. - - - Eh? Where’s the majority?

So that’s why it’s no surprise that so many of our provincial voters don’t bother to vote. They are disillusioned because there is so little relation between the popular vote and the distribution of seats and legislative power. For 17 of the last 18 B.C. elections, our province has been run by a highly privileged minority of voters who ignore the majority of citizens who voted against the policies of the winning party, or did not bother to vote at all.

In a democracy which should be representing ALL the people, that outcome is totally unacceptable!

Yet opponents of proportional representation (pro-rep) attack it with huge money, misinformation and fear mongering. They’ve given up trying to sew up that sow’s ear.

We’ll just have to replace it with the silk purse of pro-rep this fall.

– Ian MacKenzie, Kamloops