They’ll re­form the vote, even­tu­ally

The Expositor (Brantford) - - OPINION - Email:

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, et cetera to take the lead by in­creas­ing cit­i­zen en­gage­ment through the pro­por­tional Let­ters may be edited for brevity, clar­ity and gram­mar. Let­ters must in­clude the writer’s name, ad­dress and phone num­ber. brex.opin­ion@sun­media.ca.

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