Sin­gle trans­fer­able vote would be best

Times Colonist - - Comment -

As I see it, the big­gest prob­lem with the forms of pro­por­tional rep­re­sen­ta­tion, as de­scribed on the web­site elec­tionsbc.ca/ref­er­en­dum, is that too much power is given to the po­lit­i­cal par­ties. Some party mem­bers will re­ceive seats in the house as MLAs with­out be­ing elected by the cit­i­zens of Bri­tish Columbia; they will be nom­i­nated by party of­fi­cials. To me, this is not democ­racy.

For this rea­son, I will not vote to move to the forms of pro­por­tional rep­re­sen­ta­tion. I was and still am an ad­vo­cate for the sin­gle trans­fer­able vote, which was rec­om­mended by the cit­i­zens’ as­sem­bly and stupidly (in my opin­ion) not ac­cepted be­cause the gov­ern­ment of the day in­sisted on a thresh­old of 60 per cent. The vot­ers man­aged 58 per cent. Eric Hur­wood Sooke

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