Editor, The Times:

Note about the fringes

Editor, The Times:

The latest from the opponents of proportional representation—it will let the fringe parties in. Well, could be—a seat here or there from some far right or far left could happen from time to time.

But guess what? The fringes are already in. In on a first past the post system, after all, what does one call Doug ford?

Now there really is a fringe character who, with 40 per cent of the Ontario vote—in other words, with 10 per cent less than a majority—with his gang of idiots, imbeciles and outright crooks now rule the roost at least for four years in Canada’s biggest economy.

In Quebec it’s 33 per cent of the vote that got La Belle province its strange mix of racism and who knows what else. And in the next Alberta election Jason Kenney, a person it has been stated makes Stephen Harper look like a “flying liberal” will almost certainly b premier—Kenney has already promised the Calgary petro thugs a free hand when he comes to power.

It’s worth noting that our cousins south of the border live in a “sham democracy.” After all, when one person—Hillary Clinton in this case, gets 2 million more votes than her opponent Donald Trump—shouldn’t she be president, like her or not?

However, there’s this electoral college nonsense in the U.S. of A., which makes a mockery of the word democracy.

It was set up to make sure that “we the people” don’t get too uppity. Make sure the power stays with the elites where it should be!

So the biggest economy and military power on the planet now has a truly fringe character, Donald Trump. Let’s face it, if Trump represents the character of the average citizen of the United States, we may as well throw our hands in the air and fade away.

What proportional representation will or won’t do is subject to speculation.

What first past the post has done is right in front of us. A whole gang of mostly right and far right fringees under the guise of democracy.

Now for those who voted for these characters, this is good.

For the rest of us, not very good for us at all.

First past the post is a danger to our democracy.

Dennis Peacock,

Clearwater B.C.

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