In with the new

The Prince George Citizen - - Opinion -

Lately, the let­ters to the ed­i­tor have been the most in­ter­est­ing ever in their deal­ing with all as­pects of pro­por­tional rep­re­sen­ta­tion and first past the post.

Todd Whit­combe’s and Nathan Giede’s columns have added much thought as well.

Whit­combe states that no re­cent cor­rup­tion comes to mind. Guess Bin­gogate of NDP fame slipped his mind, him be­ing a for­mer NDP can­di­date, as did the Jean Chre­tien-en­gi­neered spon­sor­ship scan­dal. Or Stephen Harper’s sup­pres­sion of free speech with re­gards to cli­mate science. Or the Que­bec con­struc­tion scan­dal. Or John A. Mac­don­ald’s CPR Scan­dal. Or Christy Clark us­ing only ver­bal com­mu­ni­ca­tion rather than emails.

For 150 years of first past the post, no gov­ern­ment has made an ef­fort to re­duce abuses like pub­licly paid ad­ver­tis­ing by the in­cum­bent govern­ments, in­creas­ing num­bers of MPs and MLAs and their sup­port teams, and in­creas­ing debt loads to fa­cil­i­tate re-elec­tion plans. Trudeau and Trudeau Ju­nior are good ex­am­ples of that last point. That smaller par­ties via PR could bring about the needed changes was ev­i­dent when Clark, about to lose the reins of gov­ern­ment thanks to the WeaverHor­gan al­liance, back­tracked on all her pre­vi­ous cam­paign prom­ises and be­gan to spout ev­ery­thing the Greens and NDP had cam­paigned on.

Let’s try some­thing new to get vot­ing lev­els back up and some trust in govern­ments res­ur­rected. Merry Christ­mas! Alan Martin Prince George

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