Letter: Nations need clear answers to referendum questions

We need to insist on clarity of the question so voters are able to make informed choices and not emotional choices.

To the editor:

Quebec and Scotland and others held referendums with simple questions: “Do you want to separate,” yes or no answer.

These type of questions are so dangerous and stupid.  It is as if you sign an agreement then ask, “please tell me what is in the agreement.”

In Scotland and Quebec, questions such as, what money will we use, will there be border patrols, will Ottawa or London continue to send us our relief money, will we have our own army and police force, how will we share our old debt with the sections of the old country (i.e. Quebec would acquire $220 billion of Canada’s international debt and Scotland the same), will we have our old passports, will we be able to work in the separate parts, will we be part of the North American Free Trade Agreement or part of the European Trade Group, and many more questions” all go unanswered before the vote.

Buy a new car then ask afterwards if there is a guarantee; marry a man or woman and then ask if she has any money or can he or she cook?

Why not buy a house unseen and then complain that the roof leaks later?

We have to have clear questions and answers to either a yes or no vote.  We cannot have such important life altering questions just at the whim of a few who are not happy with the status quo.

Next time we are affronted with this, we all need to insist on clarity of the question for either result so voters are able to make informed choices and not emotional choices.

I remember Quebecers that figured we would have open borders with the rest of Canada and use the Canadian dollar, etc.

Don’t be fooled by simple questions and I hope we lower the voting age to 16 in Canada—some young people have just as much smarts as us old farts. We should vote on a new contract so we understand the consequences.

Maybe we could have more voters involved if each voter receives a $100 tax credit after they vote. Just a thought.


Jorgen Hansen, Kelowna



Kelowna Capital News

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