Time for election reform

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Elections are coming; you’ve probably noticed that. It seems like only four years ago, we elected a majority parliament with a minority of votes. The guy who won the election said it would be the last election run on the first-past-the-post method of voting. But then, he did so well with that method, he decided to keep it. I want revenge.

Elections are coming; you’ve probably noticed that. It seems like only four years ago, we elected a majority parliament with a minority of votes. The guy who won the election said it would be the last election run on the first-past-the-post method of voting. But then, he did so well with that method, he decided to keep it. I want revenge.
Parties are what stand between the people and actual democracy. This system was set up a long time ago, in a time when kings killed other kings in sword fights, to settle who would set standards, collect taxes, and wage war on those who thought or worshipped differently. I like to think we’re ready to step past that now. The two ‘major’ parties take turns demolishing programs set up by the previous government. This has to stop. It’s expensive, and only serves to extend the idea that the government of the day is all the way right, and everyone else is wrong.
What we need now is a minority government – a REAL coalition, wherein ministers are chosen from among all the parties that received significant votes. It’s not as if we should get our own personal government to do our bidding, but on the other hand, we shouldn’t feel that our vote is wasted when the candidate you favoured comes in a close second and has nothing to show for it.  
I haven’t quite worked out the method whereby we can vote for a minority coalition government. The ballot is not set up for that. Proportional representation would be a large step in that direction. If you know how, let us all know about it, eh? I’m tired of wasting my vote on the person I think is best suited
for the job, only to have the agenda set by party elite.

Robert Wills
SHAWVILLE/THORNE