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Letter to the Editor: MacLauchlan asphyxiates the people’s choice


Our premier and his team of Liberals have decided, despite a victory for Mixed Member Proportional Representation (MMP) in a plebiscite on electoral reform, the voters’ wishes will not be adhered to.

He assured all Islanders his Liberal majority caucus will endorse his motion for a second vote on election reform in the next provincial election. This denotes his caucus’ disdain for voters and their views like a dictator - someone who tells others what to do with a strict level of authority. Wade claimed voter turnout was a paramount consideration of the plebiscite but refused to give a threshold for change. He claims all 100,000 voters will have an opportunity to express their opinion in the next vote while Islanders already had the opportunity to vote in the plebiscite using three methods: by phone, email or direct ballot instead of one outdated method and over 10 days instead of the usual one.

If multiple people vie for the job of a new party leader what voting method is used by the Liberals? It is a Ranked Preferential Ballot System, the same system used for the recent plebiscite.

Those who voted should be listened to. Using percentages, the Liberals won a majority of seats with only 40.83 per cent of the popular vote in the last provincial election. In the last provincial district vote in Summerside they received only 42.3 per cent of the vote. On the plebiscite vote 52.42 per cent voted for MMP. Twenty-two of 27 districts voted for change!

Seven more years will elapse before MMP could possibly be implemented. This gives more new MLAs as well as returning MLAs a chance at pensions paid for by taxpayers, and time for more patronage appointments. They do not care one million dollars was wasted already.

This government is attempting to asphyxiate the people’s choice. This is “Post-Truth Politicising” in which truth becomes irrelevant.

Gary A.O.MacKay

Birch Hill, P.E.I.   

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