LETTER: Do away with private election donations

Level playing for during election time

Editor: Re: One political coalition is plotting to kill another (the Times BC Views, Dec. 4).

I don’t know what party Tom Fletcher supports but he’s certainly quoting from the BC Liberal playbook

He’s reiterating the fear mongering and slanted comments used by the BC Liberals in trying to scuttle the campaign for electoral reform.

He and the BC Liberals seem to be using the Big Lie tactic used by propagandists the world over.

Tell it often enough and loudly enough and then people will believe it.

Fletcher engages in fear mongering: “Communists could win a seat in the B.C. legislature, perhaps joined by one of those hard-right anti-immigration parties that are flourishing in Europe.” Yes, and it could snow in Victoria in July.

Fact is fringe parties in B.C. get a very small percentage of the popular vote, not enough to win a seat.

It’s easy to prevent every tiny party from winning a seat.

Use a threshold, a certain percent of the popular vote being required to get a seat through proportional representation, or requite a party to win a seat through the normal process before being eligible for a proportional seat.

Fear mongering again, raising the spectre of rural areas dominated by those awful urban areas, where most of the population is concentrated. “That the referendum be decided by a simple majority of those who actually vote, regardless of region or turnout.”

Isn’t this how government works?

Sit in any session of the legislature and you’ll see that a simple majority rules.

You’ll see that when the Clark’s Liberals were in power, their predominantly rural power base wagged the urban dog.

Public financing of political parties?

Except for India and Switzerland, all the established democracies engage in some form of public subsidy.

In an age where money wins elections, doing away with corporate and union donations and replacing those with public subsidies makes for a more level playing field.

Daryl Sturdy,

Vancouver

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