They’ll re­form the vote, even­tu­ally

The Daily Observer - - OPINION -

canada’s con­tin­ued use of first-past-the­p­ost when nu­mer­ous coun­tries have adopted pro­por­tional rep­re­sen­ta­tion is shame­ful, and sug­gests that there is some­thing se­ri­ously lack­ing in our lead­er­ship and our cit­i­zen­ship when we can­not muster the wits and the will to em­brace and adopt “prop rep” as a more demo­cratic ap­proach to re­spon­si­ble gov­er­nance at all lev­els, in­clud­ing the crit­i­cally im­por­tant fea­tures of ci­ti­zen en­gage­ment and lead­er­ship au­thor­ity.

as for Justin trudeau and the lib­er­als de­liv­er­ing the oft-promised elec­toral re­form, they might, not be­cause it is the right thing to do but be­cause it is one of the few cards they have left to play to try to sal­vage what has been at best a medi­ocre, long-on-talk and short-on-ac­tion term of of­fice.

that said, the level of gov­ern­ment clos­est to the peo­ple in prin­ci­ple is mu­nic­i­pal gov­ern­ment, and we are over­due for lo­cal coun­cils, school boards, etc. to take the lead by in­creas­ing ci­ti­zen en­gage­ment through the pro­por­tional rep­re­sen­ta­tion sys­tem.

as for ex­cuses about dif­fi­culty, this should be el­e­men­tary school stuff for a coun­try that adopted the met­ric sys­tem of mea­sures to re­place the far-fetched im­pe­rial sys­tem which, sim­i­lar to first past the post, is more a hodge­podge of vague no­tions and sim­plis­tic con­ven­tions than a ro­bust body of straight­for­ward logic.

Barry Wel­lar Ot­tawa

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