All voices at the meeting (June 9) to discuss the federal electoral district reorganization for Delta were unanimous in their opposition to partitioning Delta into three federal-riding entities.
Is the proposed plan a nefarious conspiracy of a Bond-villain? No, it is more likely that of letting an algorithm taking the place of common sense or an elementary school mapping project inspired by Salvador Dali.
I would like to voice my concern on a different tangent – that of the effect on democracy. It is not just happening in the U.S., or the Ukraine. We are not immune to it whether it be intentional or not.
If the riding is carved up, many of our voters would lose faith in democracy. We tried to save our riding to no avail, what use is our vote to us? I can see the next voter turnout plummeting. This will spill over into provincial and local elections. And into our sense of community. In how we value it and each other. I for one, am willing to make a minor statistical sacrifice in our proportional voter representation for that community.
History has taught me that when things go horribly wrong, it is 10 per cent conspiracy, 90 per cent screw-up. But the real villain will be us if we allow this re-distribution to go unchallenged.