We've said it before, and we'll say it again:
We get the government we deserve, so get out and vote today if you reside in Westside-Kelowna.
Can't be bothered? Then don't bother complaining when you don't like the result.
It seems almost every election, whether provincial or federal, the grumblers complain that poor turnout resulted in whoever they oppose getting in with only a small percentage of support.
That is entirely possible in our first-past-the-post electoral system. It's not perfect, but it's the system we have - and we still believe it's better than the confusion that would arise from proportional representation.
But, what the naysayers always seem to ignore in their pleas for mandatory voting or electoral reform is that not everyone who didn't vote will think like them.
We've all seen the pie graphs they share on social media declaring "So and so was elected with only 29 per cent support! Look at all these people who didn't vote for the winner!"
They blindly assume the non-voters would have lined up behind their own party. That's highly unlikely. Non-voters' beliefs are as varied as the rest of ours.
And forcing them to vote won't make any difference. There are dozens of ways an unhappy voter could spoil their ballot, bringing us right back to where we started.
- Managing Editor