Proportional Representation [Electoral Reform] 4 of 6

Electoral Reform 4 of 6

I suspect that the idea that our electoral system is ‘broken’ and needs ‘fixing’ is a reflection of voters dissatisfaction with government.

But is democracy ‘broken’ and can, not will but can, changing the electoral system ‘fix’ what is ‘broken’?

On the question of whether democracy in Canada is ‘broken’ read “The Unbroken Machine: Canada’s Democracy in Action” by Dale Smith (2017).

The Unbroken Machine

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Proportional Representation [Electoral Reform] 3 of 6

Electoral Reform 3 of 6

Growing up, one of the questions my parents posed was “So, if everyone was jumping off a bridge, you would jump too?” whenever I tried ‘everyone is doing it’ to justify my action.

‘Just because everyone’ was not an acceptable excuse for not thinking it through myself.

If we are considering a change as far reaching and impactful as a proportional representation electoral system, we had better think it through carefully to avoid surprises and unwanted consequences.

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Proportional Representation [Electoral Reform] 2 of 6

Electoral Reform 2 of 6

The NDP/Green collaboration is trying to sell the claim that changing the electoral process is about improving the electoral system…

….although they have not provided any facts or evidence to support their assertion. Instead, to accomplish this assumed ‘improvement’ they are rushing into changing how we elect politicians and governments with a process mind boggling in its slipshod recklessness.

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Proportional Representation [Electoral Reform] 1 of 6

Electoral Reform 1 of 6

Caveat Emptor

“Let the buyer beware” is an excellent approach for citizens to take when it comes to an issue of the significance of electoral reform, particularly a change to proportional representation, a system of electing a government with which Canadians have no experience.

Despite the apparently cavalier attitude of the NDP/Green collaboration, election reform is a BIG DEAL.

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Fatally Flawed Proportional Representation Proposal

From ignoring, or failing to recognize, that the profound ongoing effects of the proposed change to British Columbia’s method of electing governments and politicians makes the decision on the NDP/Green proposal the most significant decision ever made by voters in BC;

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BZN News: Random Breathalyser Testing

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June 18, 2018

Contemplative Canadians reacted to Canadian Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould’s statement that she was “extremely disappointed” because the Senate opposed legislation granting police the power to conduct random breathalyser tests, with support for the Senate’s “upholding of Canadian values” against the “appalling assault” by Federal Justice Minister Wilson-Raybould.

Wilson-Raybould’s actions were judged as making it clear the testing really needed was electroencephalograms [EEGs] for politicians to confirm – or deny – the presence of brain activity.

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