Letter: Serve all of B.C.

The Editor, Re. “Variety of voices speak in favour of PR” (Letters, The Tri-City News, Oct. 10).

The Editor,

Re. “Variety of voices speak in favour of PR” (Letters, The Tri-City News, Oct. 10).

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Under our current voting system, each successive government’s first act of business is to dismantle what the previous administration put in place. Why is that? Our voting system gives all power to one party.

But no one party can serve all the needs of British Columbians. Governments made up of several parties are more likely to serve the needs of more British Columbians. If you want long-term stability in public policies instead of the current flip-flops, vote for proportional representation and coalition government.

Also, minority and coalition governments get things done. Canada has good experience to draw on. Federally, the minority governments of the 1960s produced significant policies of lasting benefit, including Medicare, Old Age Security pensions, the Transportation Act, the Bank Act and the maple leaf flag.

No majority government can match that record.

Working together is not weakness, it is our strength. In the upcoming referendum on electoral reform, I will vote Yes for better government.
Nick Loenen, Richmond

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