Can we get a stable riding?
things first: A vote is a vote. And a Westmount vote up on the hill is the same vote as one from a village on the Upper, Upper North Shore of Quebec.
Just down below us, there are two types of legislators: representatives, one per state minimum, and senators, two per state. More or less, it takes a million voters to get a representative. So Vermont has one representative and two senators. But Vermont is not the bottom state, with more than 600,000 citizens. Wyoming is a tad under that mark.
Here in Canada we are struck with a decision from the Supreme Court, based on a Saskatchewan appeal that accepts a 25% variance between ridings. In Quebec, the exception is the Magdalen Island and a couple of other ridings. The process is repeated at every second general election. Orford is the descendant of the Stanstead riding from the time of Lower Canada.
That this newspaper would love that the riding retake its former name is obvious, but this a dream.
The reality is that the posal to rebalance Orford is a bad one.
Including villages along route 243, from Richmond to Valcourt, is not serious.
The Commission asked for proposals. We have one. Bring back Stanstead East, all of Coaticook and Compton back into the riding. As it was for years.
There is a community here. Not in the proposed new boundaries. This is simple. Now for the complex. This newspaper thinks that there are too many of everything in Quebec: Municipalities, MRC’s, regions, and finally ridings, which leads to more ministries and departments, all catering to regions, with regional directorates and secretariats and whatnot. Putting a cost on this would easily lead us into the billions of dollars each and every year.
Less ridings would mean less ‘ministers’. It’s a simple reality, to please enough members of their caucuses, governing premiers must please at least a third of them with a ‘minister’ title. Even if it means inventing one with a non-existing ministry. Or one that is so specialized that nothing makes sense. Why this area and not another?
A thorough discussion should be held on the question. As former Premier, Jean Charest, was able to convene a group of MNA’s, from all sides of the Parliament to discuss the Right to Die issue, Premier Couillard should do the same for a complete reformulation of how we live and are governed. Not the bulldozer approach favored up to now on most issues, with the result that none are taken seriously and are rejected without even looking to see if they have some good in them, but a Parliamentary commission with a clear mandate over a couple of years, that would be the subject in the next election scheduled for 2018. As the Right to Die one was. Meanwhile we urge, as all do, that the
électorale reject the proposed boundary and consider our proposal.
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