Assertion PR will cost more unsupported

Any cost would be an improvement over the tyranny of a majority government

Assertion PR will cost more unsupported

Suzanne Anderson writes that electoral reform will be too costly, as if one can put a price on a government in which one is actually represented.

Her assertion that proportional representation would result in more MLAs and support staff, with ensuing costs, is unsupported and in my opinion worth the cost of improving the way our government represents us.

Any cost would be an improvement over the tyranny of a majority government elected by less than 40 per cent of the actual voters, which has happened time and time again. Minority governments, like the one we have now, have to earn their majority every day and must be sensitive to public sentiment even in non election years. Ms. Anderson seems to think this is a drawback, but we shall have to agree to disagree there.

The biggest advantage of the proposal is that it would create viable alternatives for the unaligned voter who is determined to vote against the incumbent government. Right now, if we want to get rid of the Liberals we must vote New Democrat and vice versa, even though we may find both parties objectionable. A legislature with a conservative and/or progressive alternative better serves the public.

I suspect that is why the Liberals oppose proportional representation. They know that it will reduce the likelihood of a future Liberal majority. The New Democrats must be equally aware that their party will likely splinter, so kudos to them for bringing this issue forward. Obviously I disagree with Ms. Anderson’s assessment and hope that my fellow citizens vote with me to improve our current system.

This will not happen if we do not vote. Thank you.

David Lowther

Mesachie Lake

Just Posted

DCS’s Greir and Hengstler among top winners at Mid Islands

Kelsey’s Powell with four gold medals, Cow High’s Castle claims three

Vancouver Island Vixens are bringing burlesque to the Duncan Showroom June 1

Get your tickets now for what is sure to be a sold-out night of burlesque-style titillation

Mary Lowther column: Sprouts will get David to eat his greens

After one spends a few decades training a husband it makes sense to keep his body in decent shape

VIDEO: Lake Cowichan Minor baseball strikes back after presentation calling for ballpark changes

Lake Cowichan Minor Baseball says there is no call for thousands in renovations

Trudeau touts economic record at Liberal fundraiser in Vancouver

The Prime Minister was in B.C. for much of this week

Thunderstorms to bring heavy rain, risk of flash floods in the Okanagan

Ten to 30 millimetres of rain to fall over the early weekend

Unbe-leaf-able: Agassiz man finds more than 200 four-leaf clovers in a month

Walt Hardinge has found more than 219 four-or-more leaf clovers this spring alone

Crews fight fire with fire to keep blaze from northern Alberta town

The wildfire now covers some 920 square kilometres

Man in B.C. charged with murder and arson in 2016 New Brunswick death

He is charged in the death of 71-year-old Lucille Maltais, who was found inside a burned down home

Improve your life and theirs, adopt a cat from the BC SPCA

The BC SPCA holds an adult cat adoption promotion

Baby boom seniors putting pressure on B.C. long-term care: report

B.C. leads Canada in growth of dementia, dependence on care

RCMP probe if teen was intentionally hit with ski pole by mystery skier on B.C. mountain

The incident happened on March 20 on Grouse Mountain. Police are urging witnesses to come forward

Support growing for orphaned Okanagan child after father dies in highway crash

Family thanks emergency crews for assistance in traumatic incident

Most Read