Referendum: Parallels to healthy relationships

We need each other and need to learn to work together.

Letter to the Editor

One of the missing parts of the conversation is that unless the citizenry “buy-in” and collaborate with government policy, it does not usually work as well as intended. Thus if we have proportional representation more or less all interests are at the table, just as in any successful relationship, most needs can be represented, and the solutions that are acceptable negotiated. These are then more likely to be supported in their application, sustainable rather than lurching left and right and successful; also likely to be reflected in less polarization in our society. This would be leadership in every sense.

The book “The Righteous Mind”, is based on published peer-reviewed research on traditionally “right” vs. “left “ wing people. It informs us that fairness/justice is a moral issue for Left-wing people. Morality meaning something that is experienced as a self-evident fundamental assumption about what is right; i.e. not based on, nor requiring any other assumptions. For Right wing people, predictability, the appearance of clarity and control are an equivalent moral issue that is experienced as obvious. Both are capable of producing outrage and deadlock. I would submit that Right wing people tend to be better at the details of implementation but have little patience for complexity and often miss the indirect implications of their choices (e.g. bigger wealth gap means more crime and the need to live in gated communities), whereas Left wing people often feel good about the principles of fairness and justice being affirmed but are not very good at examining the details of implementation – how is that policy going to work? I would submit that this is why we need each other and need to learn to work together.

Lastly, it is important to remind people that the legislation includes a chance to re-assess if the voting system is working with the second election that follows.

As a semi-retired MD, I have no vested special interest and lots of experience with relationships.

Andre C. Piver MD | Canyon

Just Posted

Tigz Designs making Christmas merry for Swan Valley Lodge residents

Lori Cameron and her husband, Bill, expect to deliver 90 gift bags to Swan Valley Lodge residents.

Proportional Representation makes your vote count

We can lead the rest of the country with democratic reform.

Enhancing recreational opportunities on Basin Trails

This program is one of the ways the Trust is addressing its strategic priority to support recreation and physical activity in the region.

C.V. Hospital Tuck Shop purchases new equipment

C.V. Hospital Tuck Shop has purchased a transport chair plus bedside and… Continue reading

Federal NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh is coming to Creston

MP Wayne Stetski invites the public to join him and Federal NDP… Continue reading

Winter weather hits parts of Canada

As some parts of the country brace for cold, parts of B.C. remain warmer than 10 C

Canada’s health system commendable overall but barriers to care remain: UN

The United Nations says Canada’s health care system is “commendable” overall but vulnerable groups still face barriers to quality care.

Unique technology gives children with special needs more independent play

UVic’s CanAssist refined seven prototypes aided by $1.5M government contribution

Kelly Ellard’s boyfriend has statutory release revoked

Darwin Duane Dorozan had several parole infractions that found him ‘unmanageable’

Doctor’s note shouldn’t be required to prove you’re sick: poll

70% of Canadians oppose allowing employers to make you get a sick note

German-born B.C. man warns against a ‘yes’ vote on proportional representation

Agassiz realtor Freddy Marks says PR in his home country shows party elites can never be voted out

Fashion Fridays: 5 coats you need this winter!

Kim XO, lets you know the best online shopping tips during Fashion Fridays on the Black Press Media Network

Saskatchewan college honours memory of Humboldt Broncos coach

Darcy Haugan wore jersey No. 22 when he was a star player with the Briercrest College Clippers

Liberals to act quickly if Saturday midnight deal deadline breached: source

Oh Friday, Canadian Union of Postal Workers said it would not bring the latest offers to a vote of its members

Most Read