Electoral system works

Proportional representation: do we need it or even want it?

Proportional representation: do we need it or even want it?

We hear complaints from fringe parties that their voice is not heard in Parliament. Fringe parties want an alternative electoral system that would guarantee representation they are not able to secure under the present system, a so-called first-past-the-post system that is the historical electoral system in Canada, the U.S., the U.K. and India, for example.

Over time, the first-past-the-post system with a single-member electoral district favours a two-party competition.

In my opinion, a multitude of similar parties imposes a burden on democracy.

In Canada, we have had fragmented political parties with trivial differences that should be worked out within a party caucus. The fringe parties represent those who are unable or unwilling to work cooperatively within one of the major parties. If we force Parliament to represent all fringe parties, Parliament will become bogged down.

The federal New Democratic Party has existed for over 50 years and has only once threatened to form a government in Canada. The time has come for the NDP to merge with the Liberal Party. MPs from the NDP have experience and ability that could contribute much to government but not within a third-place party. A merged Liberal and NDP would better represent Canadians. The Conservative Party would find it necessary to return to small-c progressive positions.

I don’t believe we should tweak elections to guarantee representation to fringe parties that are unable to have an MP elected. All variations of proportional representation require appointment of un-elected or failed candidates to Parliament. Who really wants that?

Robert McFetridgeBowser

Just Posted

City of Parksville buys 222 Corfield site, now sole owners

With the purchase, the city will not facilitate cold weather shelter, soup kitchen on property

Canadian Music Hall of Famer Steven Page to play Parksville

Barenaked Ladies co-founder performs at Knox United Church on June 1

Parksville Beach Festival Society launches campaign for outdoor stage

Public invited to event May 25 to help with kickoff

Crime Report: Oceanside RCMP receive 328 complaints in one-week span

Vandalism and theft of a wheelchair among listed incidents

Rescuers finally persuade Eiffel Tower climber to come down

The official said the man was ‘under control and out of danger’ on Monday night

Oil companies, 24-cent gap between B.C., Alberta to be focus of gas price probe

Premier John Horgan called the spike in gas prices ‘alarming’

Motorcycle deaths spike 50% since 2017

Riders were most likely fatally crash on the weekends compared with the rest of the week

Mother of accused charged in death of Surrey teen girl found in torched SUV

Manjit Kaur Deo charged with ‘accessory after the fact’ in 2017 death of Surrey teen

Family of B.C. pilot killed in Honduras trying to ‘piece together’ tragedy

Patrick Forseth has a number of friends in the area and was loved by everyone

Justin Trudeau credits immigration for Canada’s growing tech sector

Trudeau stressed that Canada has become a major source of talent for tech all over the world

Feds launch tourism strategy designed to boost sector 25 per cent by 2025

The fund is supposed to back experiences that show off Canada’s strengths

Mamma Mia! poised to be biggest Chemainus Theatre show ever

Plenty of buzz as Island dinner theatre schedules ABBA-fueled romp

New book from Island author details social history of the E&N railway

Along the E&N tells the story of 32 establishments from Esquimalt to Campbell River.

Most Read