A sad vote reality

Candidates will be whipped into obeying the party line - whoever wins

I saw in Tuesday’s edition of The NEWS (page A11) that people were asked whether they decide their vote according to the party or the candidate.

This same question has been asked in other media as well. The next question ought to be: Are you aware that in our parliamentary democracy MLAs are obliged to vote according to party policy?

In our system, if enough government members vote against their party’s wishes,  the government will fall and there will be another election.

Usually politicians want to avoid this.

So, a candidate who becomes a member of government likely will never vote according to the wishes of his or her constituents if those wishes do not agree with the government.

Ralph Martin

Qualicum Beach