There is a way to fix our democracy

As long as the first past the post system is used voters stay tuned out and turned off

During your post provincial election coverage, Nelson-Creston NDP representative Michelle Mungall states, “We need to start asking what’s going on with our democracy.” (“Mungall defends party and Dix,” May 17).

It’s simple in my mind. As long as the first past the post system is used voters stay tuned out and turned off. Combine that with a representative here in Nelson-Creston who turns off and tunes out many of her constituents (and I speak from personal experience as she turned away from the Burmese refugees I tried to introduce because her time to be “on show” hadn’t arrived yet) and you know why less than fifty per cent of BC’s people voted.

We are tired of not making a difference; of not being listened to, although I did vote.

A proportional representation or single-transferrable vote system would change voters’ lethargy.

In Holland, my country of birth and a country I return to regularly, a proportional representation system is used. My young nephews and nieces and their friends are keen to vote because they are heard and their votes count.

We tried to change the voting system here. It didn’t pass because of unbeatable rules. Will we have forgotten about our broken system four years from now? Probably, although I hope not.

So, how is our democracy broken? The voting system needs fixing. Each vote needs to count for something. Why else bother?

Ann Alma



Just Posted

Nelson’s Maglio hired by Spokane Chiefs

Adam Maglio will serve as an assistant coach with the WHL team

COLUMN: Working together on climate action with our MLAs

Katherine Oldfield writes about the Citizens’ Climate Lobby’s trip to Victoria

Buddhist monument to be dedicated in Slocan cemetery

A new post has been created to mark the site where at least nine Japanese Canadians were cremated

COLUMN: 1919 – Forest fire threatens Rosemont

From the files of the Nelson Daily News

LETTER: A good news story

From reader Lonnie Snyder

Surrey court clerk files human rights complaint related to concussion

Deborah A. Ryane claims her employer discriminated against her on basis of mental disability

Food fight: Liberals, Tories trade shots as pre-campaign battles intensify

Health Canada released an overhauled document that did away with traditional food groups and portion sizes

Okanagan Air Cadet challenges gender-exclusive haircut policy

Haircut regulation inspires challenge around gender identity

VIDEO: Bystander training gains traction as tool to prevent sexual harassment, violence

Julia Gartley was sexually assaulted after an event, and no one stepped in to help

Two brands of ice cream sandwiches recalled due to presence of metal

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency issued a recall on Iceberg and Originale Augustin brands

Sexual assaults, extortion on the rise even as crime rates stay low: Stats Canada

Rates of police-reported sexual assault rose for the fourth year in a row

Vancouver Island teens missing after vehicle found ablaze near Dease Lake, BC

RCMP say a body discovered nearby not one of the missing teens

Most Read