A mo­ment of naïve hope

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - EDITORIAL -

In "PR not the only elec­toral op­tion," Matt Camp­bell has put his fin­ger on the crux of the at­ti­tude prob­lems sur­round­ing PR. He echoes Alan Hol­man, say­ing, "there are many ways to elect politi­cians."

When we vote in the first-past­the-post sys­tem, we can pre­tend that we are vot­ing for peo­ple who will rep­re­sent us in the Leg­is­la­ture. Re­al­ity says that, too of­ten, maybe even al­ways, all we get are politi­cians.

When we vote in the PR sys­tems that have been wagged in front of us, we will know, up front, that we are vot­ing for politi­cians. Our noses will have been rubbed in the re­al­ity be­fore we vote, and we will go into the polling booth with this "some­thing doesn't smell right" looks on our faces.

Leave us with our mo­ment of naive hope at the polls. Carl Mathis, Char­lot­te­town

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