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Letter: Fairer representation

Had B.C. Liberal leader Wilkinson’s first past the post system been used he would not have won

Isn’t it strange that the new leader of the B.C. Liberals, Andrew Wilkinson, is advocating against a referendum on proportional representation and in favour of the current first passed the post system.

His election as leader was the result of a preferential ballot in which the winner had to get more than 50 per cent of the vote. Had his favoured first past the post system been used he would not have won, and Dianne Watts would have been leader with less than 25 per cent of the vote.

Surely, it’s not that he and the Liberals are more interested in power than in a system of fairer representation of the public sentiment.

Peter Benson

Naramata

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