Attached below is my latest letter to the Editor, presently there is a campaign to educate islanders what their realistic choices for change are. Pat Mella clearly tried to tell us the first past the post is the best option. However Ms Mella is a politician and while retired, is probably still involved with the infamous backroom boys. Do not be fooled by smooth talking politicians who will lie through their teeth to convince not to vote for Proportional Representation. Its simply not in their interest to campaign under those circumstances, Pat Mella made that quite obvious. If we fail to change the system we will continue to have huge two party swings and very uneven majorities. What has gone on before will come again bringing on all the usual patronage and scandal if we waste this opportunity to change. The E Gaming, Plan B, Golf course, PNP, Tire Shredding projects, fish plants and the list goes on and on. Most if not all were huge money makers for a chosen few and total disasters for us the tax payers. Please consider very carefully when you decide to vote. The only two options for real change are – Dual Member Proportional (my first choice) and Mixed Member Proportional (my second choice) the other three options are just smoke and mirrors and will change little or nothing. There is one bright sign of the island changing the system, we will have a whole new generation of voters. Sixteen years old will have the opportunity to vote in the plebiscite. They for the most part will not be tainted with the old belief of voting as their parents etc voted. These new young voters will be voting for their future, and if they are to have a decent future then change must happen now.
My Letter to the Editor (published in today’s paper 6th Oct 2016)
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This was the title of the guest opinion authored by Pat Mella (page A10 1st Oct 2016). I have always held Ms Mella with a great deal of respect. However, I found her opinion piece very disappointing, it clearly tells me she is just another typical island politician, retired perhaps. While she is entitled to her opinions it must be said she obviously favours the present first past the post system. She fundamentally disagrees with what is referred to as wasted votes. She tell us there is something call “winning and losing”. She is of course quite correct, when approximately 40% of the vote elect a majority government, there are indeed only a few winners and many losers, 60% of the voting population in fact. I’m not sure how she arrives at the conclusion that this is good and fair for islanders or good island governing. Winners and losers are fine if we are talking about a hockey match. However, in the case of governing the Province for the next for years we need a fair and balanced result from the vote. Lets consider the mess that was created with the sudden resignation of Robert Ghiz. We found our Province being run by unofficial/unelected Premier. I’m not sure there is any other way to describe it, but it was never a democratic process. We had a member of that same government elected by the toss of a coin! There can be no doubt that we sorely need a reformed system of electing our politicians Simply put we have too many losers winning and not enough winners winning.
Respectfully submitted F.Ben Rodgers Abram Village PE
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