Vote splitting may decide election

To the Editor,

After the recent all candidates meeting, I came away thinking I could very happily vote for any one of the three opposition candidates: NDP, Liberal or Green. They all had good answers to the questions and I’m sure any one of them would make a great MP.

The sad thing is, that even though the Conservatives have made such a mess of things in so many areas, and badly need to be removed, the prospect of vote splitting in this riding threatens to return James Lunney for another term.

It is so disheartening to know that once again our riding will help return a government that shamefully neglects adequately addressing climate change and protecting the environment; that supports oil tankers on the West Coast; the creeping privatization of public health care; a continuation of ocean based fish farming; the cancellation of the gun registry; more corporate tax cuts and continued log exports and that will waste billions of dollars on the purchase of unsuitable fighter jets.

Because of our out-dated electoral system, I’m afraid vote splitting will enable the Conservative government to continue to take our country in a direction that the majority of voters do not support.

John Mayba,

Port Alberni

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