Mak­ing the PR pivot

The Prince George Citizen - - Opinion -

The rules guid­ing democ­racy in Canada and Bri­tish Columbia have not al­ways been as fair and in­clu­sive as they are to­day.

In the era of 1657, only a lim­ited seg­ment of the pop­u­la­tion (pri­mar­ily af­flu­ent men who had suf­fi­cient own­er­ship of prop­erty, as­sets, rent or paid taxes of spec­i­fied amount) were per­mit­ted to vote in what we now call Canada. Changes since that time have al­lowed more and more ci­ti­zens to vote.

We be­gan by al­low­ing Catholics to vote in 1829, al­low­ing woman to vote in 1917/1918 and per­mit­ted Abo­rig­i­nal peo­ples to vote with­out hav­ing to give away treaty rights in 1960. It is no longer ac­cept­able to deny in­di­vid­u­als the right to cast a vote be­cause of their wealth sta­tus, re­li­gion, sex or an­ces­try.

While most ci­ti­zens of Canada and B.C. are now per­mit­ted to vote, most votes are ig­nored in de­cid­ing which party will gov­ern. This is be­cause our cur­rent vot­ing sys­tem usu­ally grants ab­so­lute power to po­lit­i­cal par­ties that re­ceive less than 50 per cent of the vote.

The num­ber of votes used in de­cid­ing the government will in­crease sig­nif­i­cantly un­der all three of the pro­por­tional rep­re­sen­ta­tion op­tions. A vote in favour of pro­por­tional rep­re­sen­ta­tion is a vote to mak­ing our vot­ing sys­tem more fair and in­clu­sive.

In ad­di­tion to be­ing more fair and in­clu­sive, PR will pro­vide you with more than one lo­cal MLA (usu­ally from dif­fer­ent po­lit­i­cal par­ties) to dis­cuss your con­cerns.

Please vote for a sys­tem that is more in­clu­sive and fair; that re­spects more of the votes that are cast; and in­creases the will­ing­ness of your MLAs to lis­ten to you.

Please vote in favour of PR. Doug Beck­ett Prince Ge­orge

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