As the MLA for Columbia River-Revelstoke, people from across the riding have been asking me on a daily basis, ‘What should I do with the Proportional Representation (PR) Referendum Ballot?’; for the individuals who have done some research on this referendum, they are telling me just how offended they are.
They are offended that their Government has not provided enough information for voters to make an informed decision; on a referendum which has the potential to change the political landscape in this Province, forever. This isn’t fear mongering, there are many unanswered questions; yet when the Premier was confronted about a number of the ‘grey’ areas, his response was that voters should “take a leap of faith” and trust him. In effect, he is asking us to take a leap into an abyss of unknowns; voters do not have a clear and transparent understanding of the choices that are being offered, no side can refute that.
There are no riding maps, no direction as to how MLAs will be elected, or for that matter, how many MLAs will be elected. In the 2009 referendum, there was a threshold that would protect rural BC, and a commission that was non-partisan; there is nothing like that with this referendum.
Again, the Pro-side cannot refute those facts. I am not against a PR system that is well thought out, shows us exactly what we are going to get, and doesn’t pit rural and urban citizens against one another.
BC must keep the current system (First Past the Post), which is used across North America and the UK.
More Elections means more tax payer dollars
Italy uses a form of PR and has had, on average, one election every year since 1945. Who the heck thinks that voters want more elections? Elections are costly, do you know how much this referendum alone is costing British Columbians?
Mainstream or Fringe
PR opens the door for influence from smaller, single issue parties, who are often extreme on issues. Right now, Sweden has larger mainstream parties who must partner with a Neo-Nazi party. The mainstream party must satisfy the needs of the Neo-Nazi party, if they want to form a government. Electing a mainstream party is not a bad thing; electing a party with broad interests benefits the greater good of a large diverse population, such as our Province.
It is very important to do your research on https://elections.bc.ca/ and for everyone to vote, because the voter threshold has been marked as such:
-No minimum voter turn-out (ie: 10 per cent of the Province’s voters could decide our fate); and
-Out of those cast ballots, there only needs to be 50 per cent plus one single ballot to tip the scales in favour for, or against PR.
As such, I will mail in my ballot this week, and mark the ballot with one notch, to keep our current system, First Past the Post.
“Mark one and you’re done!”
MLA for Columbia River-Revelstoke
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