Holman: "The tyrannty of the majority in the legislature has become the tyranny of a minority."

Thirty-six days from now, British Columbians will go to the polls in what is supposed to be the highest expression of democracy in this province. But, looking back over the past four years, it could be said casting a ballot is the only expression of democracy in this province. After all, once elected, the garrote of party discipline prevents our representatives from speaking out on behalf of their constituents - or even their own conscience.

Instead, they must toe the party line, voting in accordance with the dictates of their leader and the unelected advisors surrounding that leader. As a result, the tyranny of the majority in the legislature has become the tyranny of a minority, where the premier can pass whatever laws he wants and the opposition can pass no laws at all.

Surely, this is not the kind of democracy British Columbians want. Surely, British Columbians would prefer to elected representatives whose only loyalty is to those who voted for them - the independent candidate. And yet, British Columbians have consistently done just that. Which begs the question, why?

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Why do people vote strictly on party lines? The problem with the current voting system is that I end up voting against a party I don't like by voting for the party most likely to beat them, rather than voting for the party I actually want. That's why I'm excited about BC-STV: if it passes, I'll be able to vote for the party I actually want, and rank the other parties by preference. I think that system will create less polarized elections, and less polarized politics.

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