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LETTER: School closure should prompt second thought on MMP

Letter to the Editor
Letter to the Editor

Rural P.E.I. is in a battle with the MacLauchlan Liberal government over school closures. I do not see a lot of hope for the five districts that are on the chopping block. To date, MacLauchlan as acted like a dictator with his majority government, Opposition can scream and rage but can do nothing more.

It’s ironic that three of these school closure districts voted for FPTP (first past the post) in the recent plebiscite. It was the FPTP system that elected the Liberals with a phony majority in the house. The Liberal candidates received only 40 per cent (18 seats) of the total vote, while 60 per cent of islanders voted for other party’s. This is a good lesson; we reap what we sow. The three districts in question facing school closures are Georgetown, Bloomfield and St. Louis. If they had voted for Proportional Representation in the recent Plebiscite things might have turned out differently. Had the vote percentage been higher ,MacLauchlan could not have so easily turned down the will of the people. If the last election had been run under the MMP system, we would have a government like this. Liberals -11 seats, Conservatives – 10 seats, NDP – three seats and the Greens three seats. There would be no talk of school closures. Food for thought when people next go to the ballot box.

Respectfully

F. Ben Rodgers,

Abram Village

 

It’s ironic that three of these school closure districts voted for FPTP (first past the post) in the recent plebiscite. It was the FPTP system that elected the Liberals with a phony majority in the house. The Liberal candidates received only 40 per cent (18 seats) of the total vote, while 60 per cent of islanders voted for other party’s. This is a good lesson; we reap what we sow. The three districts in question facing school closures are Georgetown, Bloomfield and St. Louis. If they had voted for Proportional Representation in the recent Plebiscite things might have turned out differently. Had the vote percentage been higher ,MacLauchlan could not have so easily turned down the will of the people. If the last election had been run under the MMP system, we would have a government like this. Liberals -11 seats, Conservatives – 10 seats, NDP – three seats and the Greens three seats. There would be no talk of school closures. Food for thought when people next go to the ballot box.

Respectfully

F. Ben Rodgers,

Abram Village

 

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