Another symptom

I applaud your comments on Ms. May being excluded from the leaders debate.

I would like to point out however, that this is also another symptom of the dramatic need for electoral reform in Canada.

The 2008 election results point out very clearly the inequities in the present system, as follows:

Green Party received 6.78 per cent of the popular vote and elected no members.

Bloc received 9.98 per cent of popular vote, and elected 49 members (all, as you pointed out, from one relatively small part of the country)

NDP received 18.48 per cent of popular vote, and elected 37 members.

How can this represent the wishes of Canadians, when a party which receives about half again as many votes as another party elects 49 members to zero members for the Greens?

How can this represent the wishes of Canadians when a party which receives almost twice as many votes as the Bloc elects 12 fewer members?

The system is obviously in need of repair, when a select special interest group, which, as you pointed out, has a platform of breaking up the country, can wield such power.

This country is long overdue for electoral reform.

 

Michael Banfield

Vernon, B.C.