Re: “Searching for a simple, fair Canadian electoral system,” (The Hill Times, Nov. 30, p. 22). I certainly hope that the upcoming debate on electoral reform will be a little more restrained and intelligent. Few people take the time to really understand voting systems—often because they cannot see that how we elect our politicians largely dictates how they behave once in office. Lack of information does not stop some from loudly proclaiming their opinions, but most, when faced with uncertainty, choose the devil they know. Some referenda on electoral reform do succeed—when the government sponsoring them—has a real desire to fairly educate the public and the bar for success is not set unreasonably high.
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