I have been observing the ‘Yes’ and ‘No’ sides of the MMP (mixed member proportional) debate both in the news and in the propaganda being sent to our homes. The part of all of it that offends me, and I suspect any discerning Islander, the most is the choice of language that is consistently being touted by the "No" side. In every letter, ad, or document they create, we will see words like "dangerous," "extremely complicated," "confusing," and "long-term ramifications." This divisive language may work in the politics of places like the U.S., but Canadians generally, and Islanders in particular, are not fools. We can make an informed decision with clear heads and calm demeanor based on "facts" without the ‘No’ side resorting to fear-based campaigns that insult our collective intelligence without offering a shred of useful detail that furthers the debate. I suspect this entire "Breitbart" style will very likely backfire. It certainly has with me.
Bill A. McKinnon,