The current stalemate over the Kinder Morgan pipeline is a good example of how proportional representation would work if introduced in B.C. A major project that will bring good jobs and wealth to B.C. and Canada has been effectively stopped by the Green party, representing a very small number of special-interest voters.
This project has been thoroughly studied by government regulators and approved as being in the best interest of Canada. It has been tested in the courts and approved. But our minority NPD government continues to delay the project in order to retain the support of the Green party, whose three elected members are opposed to fossil fuel development in Canada. It matters little that the majority of voters in B.C. and Canada support the sale of Canada’s energy resources on the world market through the Kinder Morgan pipeline.
Democracy is all about compromise. Proportional representation invites special-interest groups to avoid compromise and impose their will on the majority and undermine the spirit of compromise so essential to a well-functioning democracy. It is the tail wagging the dog.
Michael Edwards, Garibaldi Highlands
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