Re: LETTER – What are BC Liberals so afraid of?:
I like the idea of reform, because I’m not a fan of the current system. However, I have concerns with prop rep that nobody has been able to allay.
First, let’s say whatever the new Kamloops riding looks like votes in a Liberal and a Green. Where does the Green candidate come from? It seems that the Greens would just pick someone off a list so now we have some Green representative that doesn’t even live anywhere near Kamloops “representing us”.
Any time you’re not voting for a candidate seems undemocratic to me. Second, based on historic voting patterns, we’ll have a large Liberal contingent, a large NDP contingent, a moderate Green contingent and perhaps a small Conservative contingent (if they can beat the 5% threshold). We’re definitely going to have perpetual coalition governments.
The Liberals and NDP are on opposite sides so the coalition will always be either NDP/Green or Lib/Con/Green depending on who the Greens want to make Kings. So from here on out, the Greens will be horse trading after every election to pursue their agenda. We’ll be voting on policies and we won’t have any idea what will be enacted until the horse trading is done after each election.
This puts too much power in the Greens’ hands (and perhaps even the Conservatives) if they can get enough support. Lastly, coalitions lead to deadlocks. If they can’t agree, we get nothing. Northern Ireland is on day 626 with no government. Sweden’s parties won’t work with the Democrats which won 17% of the vote and is going on over a month with no functioning government. Australia has a new PM every 1.5 years on average.
Coalitions might be the most “fair” to all voters but they aren’t great at getting things done. At least now, I can see Mr. Stone on the street and talk issues if I want. I may not agree with everything he or the Libs do but at least he’s accessible. I don’t have some “representative” 500km away pushing policies that I have no idea if I voted for.