Upcoming BC Electoral Reform Opportunity

Political parties aren’t dogs, and to be honest, we like our dogs a lot more.

Dear Editor,

I was shocked by the full page and half page ads that appeared in many community newspapers opposing electoral reform, as the timing was just before the official pre-referendum period where spending on promoting or opposing electoral reform was limited, in order to level the playing field. Even more so when I learned the different organizations with innocent names like “Know B4 You Vote Society” were funded by billionaire corporate interests who back the BC Liberal party.

One of the things that first attracted me to proportional representation, PR, apart from the fact that it just made sense, is that it is supported by people across the political spectrum. In BC, as we embark on our third referendum in a decade and a half, it’s good to remember that the first two referenda were initiated by Gordon Campbell and the Liberals.

Political parties aren’t dogs, and to be honest, we like our dogs a lot more. But we keep our dogs on a leash for good reason. The way I see it, proportional representation keeps all the parties on a leash and it puts the leash in our hands. Isn’t that what democracy is all about? When 39% of the vote gets a clear majority, it is primarily specific ridings and swing voters within them whom politicians pay attention and pander to, even if doing so is actually contradictory in the outcomes – e.g. yes to LNG but no to Kinder Morgan. It also feeds parties bashing each other instead of finding ways to work together to serve all of us transparently and not having wasted time and money with extreme swings in policy that never even get to pay off, as it all gets changed again with a new government.

I have no “special interest” or agenda, other than a system we can believe in rather than the current loss of faith in all institutions.

Andre C. Piver MD | Canyon

Just Posted

First meeting for Fire Hall Technical Building Advisory Committee

The full-day orientation will provide an overview of the previous process and seek input on opportunities to move forward.

Police get hot tip on cold case

Creston RCMP received 50 calls for assistance.

New maternity care clinic opens at hospital

The Maple Maternity Clinic expects to see approximately 50 clients per year.

Yellow Vest Rally held in Creston

“United we stand divided we fall.”

LETTER: Unist’ot’en protest camp about-face

Dear Editor: The Unist’ot’en protesters went from a hard stand of “no… Continue reading

B.C. opioid crisis to get same world-renowned treatment approach as HIV/AIDS

A program that focuses on treatment as prevention will roll out Jan. 17

Olympian snowboarder Max Parrot diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma

Each year in Canada, approximately 900 people are diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma

‘Prince of Pot’ Marc Emery accused of sexual assault, harassment

Emery denied the allegations, but a Toronto woman says she is not the only one speaking out

Vancouver Island photographer makes National Geographic’s 2018 elite

Rare double honour for Marston from the 36 best Your Shots out of nearly 19,000 photos

Ex-Liberal candidate in Burnaby, B.C., says volunteer wrote controversial post

Karen Wang dropped out following online post singling out NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh’s ethnicity

Asteroids are smacking Earth twice as often as before

The team counted 29 craters that were no older than 290 million years

Canada’s arrest of Huawei exec an act of ‘backstabbing,’ Chinese ambassador says

China has called Canada’s arrest of Huawei chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou ‘politically motivated’

In limbo: Leftover embryos challenge clinics, couples

Some are outright abandoned by people who quit paying storage fees and other couples struggle with tough decisions

BREAKING: Jury finds man accused of killing B.C. girl, 12, guilty

Twelve-year-old Monica Jack disappeared in May 1978 while riding her bike along a highway in Merritt, B.C.

Most Read