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Proportional Representation [Electoral Reform] 6 of 6

Electoral Reform 6 of 6

Summary

With Media attention focused on the bottom line, cutting costs and survival and in light of the reality that the biggest, most pervasive lack of truthfulness by politicians is not commission [telling a lie] but omission [not speaking of something] a desirable quality of life for BC citizens is entirely in the hands of BC citizens themselves and dependent on citizens practicing caveat emptor, paying attention, being observant, diligent and investing time in thinking and doing their own homework.

Case in point: the NDP/Green stealth modus operandi to change the electoral system to proportional representation. The NDP/Green collaboration is so focused on the strategic advantages of a proportional representation electoral system in terms of forming the government and holding onto power [see Appendix A] that the other effects and consequences apparently do not matter to them.

Deal for you J

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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.

Proportional Representation Mine Field J

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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.

Think Not illegal yet

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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.

Lips Moving J

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