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Story: Battle lines drawn over B.C. electoral reform referendum

Amber Van Drielen:

It is great that the current BC government is going to update our voting system after putting the question to a referendum as they promised during the election to do. Wonderful. First past the post (FPTP), our current voting system is unfair in that a party can obtain 100 per cent power with a minority of voter support.

Most countries in the world, including 85 per cent of the most developed countries in the world, use some form of proportional representation. Proportional representation is fairer, votes are reflected in outcomes creating a more effective representation in governance. Governments under proportional systems are also more often coalition governments or maybe minority governments which leads to more stable policies rather than the policy lurch (and corresponding waste money) that we often have under FPTP. If we consider our experience in Canada on the few occasions when we have had a minority government that had to work with other parties this was a positive thing. Policies such as the Canada pension plan, student loans, the maple leaf flag, the order of Canada and universal health care were all brought in under minorities governments in Canada. It will be great when we are able to have a diversity of political views representing rural B.C. that truly reflect the diversity of ideas and thought.

Story: New Kelowna middle school named

Lynda Watt-Millard:

Canyon Falls. The name is perfect as it represents something local in the area. Love it. Too bad we hear it’s already going to be too small to accommodate all the development they are allowing up there. They need roads. God help us should there ever be another fire up there. People will not be able to get out.

Story: Jagmeet Singh pushes Trudeau to decriminalize all drugs

Lynn Winfield

Much proven results for so many ailments using CBD oils and tinctures etc, yet the government considers it a narcotic like heroin. Even Israel has much less stricter laws for this plant. The only thing keeping this plant under such tyranny is the income loss from big pharma.

Story: Liberals have forgotten seniors

Penny Callaghan:

A friend of mine had no money to pay for meds. I went back to work at 68 and paid for them. Complete bull. Now he has passed away and I am in the same boat. Been working since I was 14. Disgraceful. It’s either pay lights and heat or meds.

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