Having mixed-party governments is Canadian. Those who don't like it do not appreciate democracy at work in our municipal, regional, provincial and federal governments.
Many people - myself included - have voted for different parties over the years mainly to oust corrupt parties and to support parties with sensible platforms. We cannot help it if our choices aren't elected because the system fails us. We cannot help it if our current political parties keep undermining our governments by finding ways to force costly elections.
That's what many would want us to believe and they fear-monger about the changes we need to end this stupidity.
We need fixed election terms so elected party politicians and independents just have to work for us until it is time for the next election.
We need proportional representation so people of all ages can vote for the party of their real choice, knowing it will lead to representation in our government.
Until we have such changes, we will not have a governance system for our nation. We will remain a petty system of bickering political parties wasting far too much of our time and money.
Do we want a democracy that works for us or embarrasses us around the world?
Before you vote, ask your candidates if they support these solutions.
Steve Mancinelli, Coquitlam