Phillips wrong on pro-rep referendum criteria

Letter to the Editor

Editor:

RE – Could 7% of the voters carry the referendum?

Bill Phillips gets it wrong when he says, “accepting a low voter turnout is completely contrary to what proportional representation is supposed to remedy … having a minority number of voters determine issues for the majority. Do the ends justify the means?”

There is no ends justifying the means.  Proportional representation means all votes having equal value.  It has nothing to do with how many people vote. As he mentioned before, whoever votes should be making the decision, even if it’s less than 40 per cent or 30 per cent.  People who don’t vote are leaving the decision up to those who do.

Daryl Sturdy

Vancouver