A better electoral system
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Feb 11, 2015  |  Vote 0    0

A better electoral system

Stratford Gazette

Re: Get moving on preparing for the ‘grey tsunami’, editorial, Feb. 5

I suggest most Canadians agree that our government has been lax in preparing for an aging population. And, yes, taxpayers do deserve an explanation.

What taxpayers also deserve and what would set the groundwork for needed changes would be electoral reform. Our current “winner-takes-all” system is in dire need of an overhaul. Based on a now defunct two-party system, it delivers phony majorities, wastes millions of dollars and produces distorted results. It does not matter which party is in power – most parties get power under our system through a minority of votes.

With proportional representation, Canadians get the representation they vote for. Ten per cent of the vote equals 10 per cent of the seats, 30 per cent of the vote equals 30 per cent of the seats. Canadians expect that parties will work together on their behalf – that does not happen now.

A government with a “majority” of 39 per cent can make changes not endorsed by the true majority of votes.

Chances are that a vote for better planning for an aging population will have a cumulative impact if each vote counts!

Annemarie Reimer


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