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Prop-rep is just a mess

There is clearly a well financed and structured group of left-leaning activists working tirelessly to promote a “better democracy” if we only switch to some nebulous, ill-defined, sharing of votes for every group with a belief that the majority should not have the right to choose government.

Twenty-nine of 195 countries have forms of dictatorship, theocracy, or absolute monarchy systems, which are not options given Canada’s democratic history.

Eighty-nine of 195 countries use one of the many forms of proportional representation to elect their government. Many, including Greece, Germany, Italy, and the Czech Republic, have all gone months without an elected parliamentary session, as have dozens of other smaller countries.

Meanwhile, back room negotiations are conducted to form a working but fragile coalition of different parties just to create a government with no cohesiveness.

Greece has had more governments than anyone as successive party leaders struggle to build a coalition that will allow a party to govern – subject to accepting the demands of the special interest parties that make up the ever-changing coalition body. Greece is also an economic and political basket case because proportional representation prevents decision making and creates uncertainty.

Proportional representation is the dream of European radical activists who got installed in many countries to their misfortune despite a few countries having successfully adapted this social experiment.

Fifty-eight of 195 countries use first past the post, and 19 others use FPTP to elect the leader.

The most stable governments, like the U.K., have used FPTP for hundreds of years successfully, to create longstanding democracies with the majority of seats regularly moving from left to right to effectively control the speed of change in social, economic and tax policies, based on the performance of the governing party. 

Canada is the best country in the world. We have stable government, economy, employment, business environment, and the rule of law prevails, under our first past the post electoral system and the Westminster parliamentary system.

Within the three major parties there is plenty of room for all voices to be heard. Under proportional representation and coalitions, the policy is dictated to the majority by the fringe, the radical, and the extreme members of often single-purpose political parties.

Change to a risky, unproven and undemocratic mixed proportional representation system from the stable and trusted governance system we use makes no sense except to the minority, the fringe, the radical.

Doug Waines, West Kelowna



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