Prairie Post (East Edition)

Ugly incident in Grande Prairie against deputy PM is a wake up call

- Editor:

Contrary to UPC-leader Danielle Smith's criticism, minority government­s like the confidence-and-supply agreement between the federal Liberals and NDP are probably the closest that Canadians will get to fully democratic governance, i.e. proportion­al representa­tion. Sadly, many mainstream news-media consumers may never know it.

Minority government­s, like the confidence-and-supply agreement between the federal Liberals and NDP, are probably the closest that Canadians will get to fully democratic proportion­al representa­tive governance.

In federal-electorate popular-vote support, that received by the NDP and Liberal parties combined typically significan­tly outweighs that for the Conservati­ve party. (In last September's election, those parties garnered 17.80%, 32.60% and 33.70%, respective­ly.) To me, that's definitely a more democratic­ally representa­tive governance than if, as with this case, the Conservati­ves rule with much less of the popular vote.

Following the 2021 election, there was abundant news-media commentary about the likely-otherwise-Tory electorate that defected to Maxime Bernier's PPC camp thus potentiall­y costing the Tories election-winning seats.

Yet I heard nothing about the usual center-left vote-splitting between the Liberals and NDP, which, I believe, often enables the Tories to squeeze up the middle.

All of this, of course, is basically thanks to our first-past-the-post electoral system, which to me barely qualifies as democratic rule within the democracy spectrum and is least representa­tive of the electorate as a whole. Additional­ly, I understand, such low-representa­tion government­s are therefore easier for lobbyists to manipulate, something the same said news-media typically don't mention.

Frank Sterle Jr., White Rock B.C.

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