The Akaroa Mail. FRIDAY, APRIL 3, 1914. PROPORTIONAL REPRESENTATION.
j The special meeting of tbe Mt. Her i bert County Council opens up a big question, Tbe report of tbe meeting 13 given, ou our fourth pagp, and a glance at it shows tbat the Port Levy members of the Mt. Herbert County Council bad something on ,their side VWe agree with Mr 0. Bradley tbat it is a pity if the Council ig going to interrupt a long spell of good fellowship smong members. At tbe same time, if the figures quoted are correct, Port Levy has a right to demand, that tbey should have at least one extra member, and tbe Port Victoria mem bers should bave granted their request at once. At present the boot is orj ithe other foot, as the Chairman of the jCouncil, being a Port Victoria member, bas a casting vote as well as a deliberative one, and it means that Port Victoria has really five members to the other riding's four. To our mind it appears foolish for the Port Victoria members to oppose the change, because the change is only an equit able one, and must come sooner or later, Port Levy has a valuation oi £2-9,585, as against Port Victoria's valuation of £139,550, and as the .ridings are worked on different rates, there seem 3no reason why opposition should be made to the readjustment of tbe Council. We believe the Council has always been worked smoothly, and the present deadlock is the more regrettable. The best course would be for the Council, as a whole, to obtain a legal opinion on the mat' tar, or to submit the whole question to the chairman of the Counties' Association," aDd to abide absolutely by tho decision given. The present position is untenable, as the re-adjust ment of the Council will be continually brought up, ana a settlement by the members themselves either way will lead to trouble. It would be much better to submit the whole position to tbe chairman of tbe Counties' Associa .ton to decide, the Council drawing
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