An editorial by Mel Rothenburger.
THE REFERENDUM on proportion representation is in a shambles.
Cheer leaders for prop rep accuse First Past the Post defenders of fear mongering, and demand to know what the other side is afraid of. The First-Past-The-Post guardians say there’s plenty to be afraid of.
Well, of course we’re afraid, all of us. Let’s all say it one more time — we’re talking about our democracy.
The FPTPers are afraid prop rep will take us into a system of perpetual coalitions and stagnation. The Prop Reppers are afraid this will be the last chance to take a leap of faith into a new way of doing things — three strikes and you’re out and all that.
This is the sort of decision that should be made based on logic, science, careful contemplation and good intentions. Instead, it’s become a gladiatorial arena, no holds barred, no mercy to the enemy.
Mel Rothenburger is a former mayor of Kamloops and newspaper editor. He publishes the ArmchairMayor.ca opinion website, and is a director on the Thompson-Nicola Regional District board. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.