NDP-Green team didn’t exist during election

Re: Lenore Hellum’s response to my letter (NDP-Green merger not the first in B.C., July 4).

Historical information is good to know if it has anything to do with the discussion at hand. Unfortunately what you brought out had nothing to with what I was writing about.

1. I only mentioned the last time the NDP formed government because it countered a point by the Green-NDPs that popular vote had to be used as the measure for appointment of a government. When the NDP last formed government it didn’t have the popular vote but won the constituency vote and was asked to form government. Can’t have it both ways.

2. I didn’t need Google to tell me that political parties have joined together to defeat another party… in an election. It has happened often in B.C. and across Canada. The instance of mergers you pointed out happened before an election. Therefore voters had the opportunity to make their choice based on the parties running. Voters had the right to reject or accept the new party in an election.

What I was contesting is what happened after our election, when two parties signed an agreement so they could take down the winning party and run the government. I do not believe they have a right to do this because no one voted to have two parties rework the government that voters democratically elected.

My contention is simple; election democracy is served only when voters vote in their representative government. In my humble opinion this is one of the more important rights that we have as citizens.

I fail to understand how a political party agreement, done solely for the purpose of assuming power, outweighs our individual right to democratically elect our government. Perhaps we should ask our Lieutenant Governor this question.

Harold Baker

Parksville