Letters: Fed up with first past the post

Editor:

Re: (‘Election results’, Wednesday, Oct. 23):

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We have an unfair winner and an exaggerated minority.

The Conservatives had a higher portion of the popular vote, but the Liberals received the most seats.

First past the post cheated in favour of the Liberals.

Based on the popular vote, fair result for the Liberals is 111 seats, but first past the post gave them 157 seats, a bonus of 46 seats.

A fair result for the Conservatives is 117 seats, but first past the post gave them 121 seats, a bonus of four seats.

A fair result for the Bloc Quebecois is 28 seats, but first past the post gave them 32 seats, a bonus of four seats.

A fair result for the NDP is 53 seats, but first past the post gave them 24 seats, a penalty of 29 seats.

A fair result for the Greens is 22 seats, but first past the post gave them three seats, a penalty of 19 seats.

A fair result for Independents is two seats, but first past the post gave them a penalty of one seat.

A fair result for the People’s Party of Canada is five seats, but first past the post gave them a penalty of five seats.

Why such a difference in ‘bonus’ and ‘penalty’? It’s not fair, but that is how first past the post operates.

Same old system, same old results.

Ray Jones
Kamloops

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