Small parties are nothing to fear

Editor:

Re: Adopting PR could open the door to a nasty underbelly, Community Comment, Nov. 1

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The argument is heard that PR gives rise to smaller splinter parties and that may be true – it depends on the preferences of voters. Of course, that is just what a true democracy is supposed to reflect.

Still, it might be of interest to learn that, since 2005, Elections BC says that some 40 different parties have contended for seats in our legislature, so small parties are nothing new, nor are they anything to be afraid of, especially given a hefty five per cent vote threshold for proportional seats.

So please stop the fear-mongering about Nazis.Chicken Little has been put to shame by such exaggeration and innuendo.

Nick Heath

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