Pro­por­tional rep­re­sen­ta­tion would be hard to get rid of

The Province - - EDITORIAL -

No­body should rely on a sec­ond ref­er­en­dum to fix prob­lems with pro­por­tional rep­re­sen­ta­tion or re­verse the de­ci­sion. There won’t be one.

It’s an es­tab­lished prin­ci­ple that a govern­ment can’t bind its suc­ces­sors. What the cur­rent B.C. govern­ment says about what it “in­tends” to hap­pen af­ter fu­ture elec­tions is mean­ing­less.

Re­mem­ber Prime Min­is­ter Justin Trudeau promis­ing that the 2015 fed­eral elec­tion would be the last un­der first past the post? Then FPTP de­liv­ered him a ma­jor­ity and his prom­ise of elec­toral re­form was aban­doned.

Does any­one re­ally think that any govern­ment de­liv­ered by any of the cur­rent PR pro­pos­als would per­mit a ref­er­en­dum that would po­ten­tially put it out of of­fice?

We are only get­ting this ref­er­en­dum be­cause the Greens have the NDP over a bar­rel. Ed­ward Guy, Kelowna

Greens want pro­por­tional rep­re­sen­ta­tion for their jobs

With our NDP pro­vin­cial govern­ment be­ing propped up by three lowly Green MLAs, we ac­tu­ally have the re­sult that would be pro­duced un­der a pro­por­tional rep­re­sen­ta­tion vot­ing sys­tem.

Shame on Green party leader An­drew Weaver and his ilk for pin­ning their hopes on a loaded bal­lot sys­tem, ask­ing for change likely to en­able them to keep their noses in the pub­lic trough.

Vote No to any change, as the vot­ing pop­u­la­tion has al­ready voted twice to keep the first-past-the-post vot­ing sys­tem that has served us so well. Tom Moore, Delta

Speed­ers should be fined

The in­creased speed lim­its brought in by the for­mer trans­porta­tion min­is­ter were ir­re­spon­si­ble. It does not take stud­ies or sur­veys to know that the higher a ve­hi­cle’s speed, the more dam­age and in­juries will oc­cur if it crashes.

Re­mov­ing photo-radar cam­eras was also dumb. Those who ar­gue it was just a cash cow do not un­der­stand that hav­ing a cash cow is an as­set, not a li­a­bil­ity.

Col­lect­ing money from driv­ers vol­un­tar­ily com­mit­ting a crime by speed­ing should be a way for govern­ment to feed money back into traf­fic en­force­ment and the In­sur­ance Corp. of B.C.

The bot­tom line is that most driv­ers speed and en­force­ment of speed lim­its in B.C. is a joke. Tony Markle, Parksville

We need HOV cam­eras

Like let­ter-writer Tom Dun­can, I would also love to see an ICBC com­par­i­son be­tween se­ri­ous ac­ci­dents in­volv­ing young driv­ers ver­sus old.

I’m bet­ting that younger peo­ple have a far higher per­cent­age of ICBC claims than older peo­ple, es­pe­cially in the se­ri­ous ac­ci­dent depart­ment.

As to high-oc­cu­pancy lane of­fend­ers, what is wrong with putting RCMP mem­bers on the over­passes with cam­eras able to take pic­tures and is­sue tick­ets re­motely to those of­fend­ers? They can do it at in­ter­sec­tions look­ing for seat­belt and cell­phone in­frac­tions.

They don’t need to have them there 24 hours a day, but dur­ing rush hours it would make a real dif­fer­ence. Jeff Lau­rie, Lan­g­ley

Clark­son should be ashamed

I don’t know how for­mer Gov­er­nor-Gen­eral Adri­enne Clark­son has the cheek to wear those medals af­ter suc­ces­sive govern­ments have short­changed our brave vet­er­ans, who are still hav­ing to fight for ev­ery penny.

How can Clark­son sleep at night, col­lect­ing all that money from tax­pay­ers? Old age pen­sion re­cip­i­ents only just had a $5-a-month in­crease in our pen­sions — not even enough to buy two cof­fees. It’s a long way from what she is re­ceiv­ing in her re­tire­ment. Don Smith, Van­cou­ver


B.C. Green Leader An­drew Weaver and Pre­mier John Hor­gan are hop­ing B.C. votes in favour of pro­por­tional rep­re­sen­ta­tion.


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