I've got plenty of arguments for finally getting rid of FPTP, first past the post, voting. Here are four: Stephen Harper, Christy Clark, Justin Trudeau and, now, Ontario's Doug Ford. Trust me, there are more.
Friend Lowry, of Babel-on-the-Bay, doesn't think much of proportional representation. Peter is an ardent supporter of FPTP which he apparently sees as the very beating heart of democracy. This prompted him to weigh in on the electoral reform referendum now underway in British Columbia.
Peter's Bable Bay blog doesn't permit comments. He does, however, invite emails. That said, I wanted my rebuttal to be public. This is my email to my friend, Lowry:
Yes, I’m afraid we might be giving up the right to be ruled by a dynasty of corrupt Liberal hacks such as Gordon Campbell or, especially, Christy Clark and their Social Credit predecessors. Then again, we might be getting a Green Party presence in the legislature commensurate with their degree of popular support, a party that could compel the environmental recalcitrants, whether Liberal or NDP, to begin acting responsibly of lose the right to govern at all. Chaos? Sure but you may have noticed we have embarked on chaotic times.
Discussions such as this remind me of the open letter issued last week by Rowan Williams, former Archbishop of Canterbury, and 90-prominent British Academics who wrote: “When a government willfully abrogates its responsibility to protect its citizens from harm and to secure the future for generations to come, it has failed in its most essential duty of stewardship. The ‘social contract’ has been broken, and it is therefore not only our right, but our moral duty to bypass the government’s inaction and flagrant dereliction of duty, and to rebel to defend life itself.”
Eradicating FPTP, the system that has allowed successive federal governments, Conservative and Liberal, to abrogate their responsibility to protect our citizens from harm and secure the future for generations to come, is our right and our moral duty.As a Green Party supporter, I am an ardent supporter of some form of proportional representation. I expect it will do two things. First it will allow Green Party members a fair representation in the legislature commensurate with their actual support. Second it will encourage Green Party supporters to vote for their party instead of sacrificing their vote for a supposed strategic advantage. I've been cajoled by the NDP to abandon my party for the "greater good" that's never particularly great or good.
I’ll not defend the deceit, duplicity, corruption and decay that FPTP has visited on our country.
Peter, you're wrong. Sorry but you're wrong.