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Premier Wade MacLauchlan.
The huge headline jumps out at you: “Pleading for input” (Saturday’s Guardian). The article says public meetings on electoral reform in P.E.I. are not garnering much interest. Not much wonder, when the premier comes out in the media and basically says he’s not in favour of electoral reform “we shouldn’t try to upset the apple cart or to completely change what has been a system that, frankly, has people engaged.” I’m sure a lot of voters are thinking “why bother?”
Why would he want to mess with a system that gave the Liberals an 18-9 seat majority with less than 41 per cent of Island voters’ support? That is engaged? Would a system other than ‘first past the post’ have elected Wade and his Liberals? It’s questionable, and I’m sure it’s something the good old boys’ club doesn’t want to find out.
‘First-past-the-post’? Sounds more like a horse race than good government practice. But, then, we’ve also elected a cabinet minister by flipping a coin.