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Liberals place more importance on non-voters than voters in P.E.I.


Like thousands of Islanders, I watched the House debate Motion 80 last Friday. It was a show to behold. First, Liberal MLA Pat Murphy spoke and mentioned a few times that his district voted for First Past The Post, and he was supporting his constituents. I have no problem with him supporting his constituents (he is more honourable than others in this regard). However, he failed to mention that his district had only a 25.78 per cent turnout - one of the lowest on the Island.

Mr. Murphy, you can’t have it both ways. You can’t support the FPTP vote in your district and dismiss the over all 36.45 per cent of people who voted, with the majority selecting MMP as their preferred choice! He also seems to be misinformed about how MMP works – maybe he wasn’t there when the choices were explained to MLAs. And as to his comments about how the party lists will be nominated, I will only say – was he not nominated by his party to run in District 26. He is not a fan of preferential voting and said if the plebiscite had been FPTP, then FPTP would have won handily. Sorry to disappoint you Mr. Murphy. 

Up next was Richard Brown. He started us off in 1864, moved us to the acceptance of Syrian refugees, to the Civil War in the United States, the U.S. Campaign, and to “the purge” of 1996. At no time did he mention the results in his district regarding the plebiscite. He did say he knew how the vote went, but he completely dismissed the results as ‘he’ knew what the right thing to do was! Thank you Minister Brown for dissing me and the other 953 people who supported MMP in your district. MMP won the majority of votes with over a 40 per cent turnout. Not only that, but both proportional systems – MMP and DMP - received more votes than FPTP from the first round. Why was this not worthy of any mention by you Minister Brown? Why did the non-voters get more consideration from you than those who took the time and effort to vote?

And just think we have 14 more speeches like this to look forward to next week – aren’t we the lucky ones. Seriously, do you think we are fooled by all this posturing? Do you really think Islanders are that stupid? You would do well to remember that your fate in the House is not in the hands of Premier MacLauchlan or the Liberal Party. It is in our hands. Yes, we the citizens and voters – not the non-voters - of P.E.I. hold your fate in our hands. So please, show us some respect. Do The Right Thing. Vote against Motion 80 and honour the Plebiscite Vote.

Florence Larkin,

Charlottetown

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