In 2007 there was a referendum on electoral reform. The proposed mixed-member proportional representation system was defeated 63% to 37%. However, that result is not the full picture. As I found out from door-to-door canvassing, most voters knew absolutely nothing about the proposed system or did not even know that there was a referendum being held jointly with the provincial election. They understandably voted for the ...more »
Elected MPP's need a REAL voice in legislature. Party leaders are now constantly whipping votes and it has become FAR to commonplace. Each and every MPP was voted in and each representative should have a voice. No MPP should be "muzzled" and removed from caucus for listening and speaking out for the voters in their respective ridings. Time for Fair, Equal and Democratic Representation at Queens Park.
When speaking of teachers, politicians and the public often refer to teachers only working 9 months out of the year. Yet the Members of Legislative Authority (the MPP's) work fewer days of the year.
MPP's should work full years and only have the same vacation time as all other public sector employees. They should further be required to attend Queens Park for at a minimum of 200 days of the year.
Both government bills and private members' business can be reinstated in the Commons, however this is not so in the Provincial Legislature. As this occurrence is becoming utilized more recently as a popular political tactic that wastes time, funds and energy and is no longer practical or cost effective. If bills have passed 2nd reading they should be able to be reinstated and put forward for final vote. This would ...more »
Why do so many Ontarians not understand or respect the system of government we have? The Ontario government should teach our kids about the kind of governance we have, why we have it, how we got it & how to use the system to participate in our democracy.
The Government of Ontario should implement an online petition system, similar to the ones implemented in the UK, Quebec, and the US. An online petition system would combat voter apathy by re-engaging Ontarians and making their voices heard.
Electoral fraud by any winning candidate must trigger a new election without the candidate at fraud.
The time has come to finish with paper ballots and voting stations. The internet offered us true democratization and before corporations and their preferred partner, governments 'close' this opportunity for good. We need to implement Internet voting and plebiscites for a truly participatory democracy.
Presently the Premier of Ontario has the power NOT to put forward private members bills; even though these bills have passed committee meetings; 2nd readings and have tri-party support. (Examples; removal of HST on home heating costs and breed specific language in DOLA). Bills passed by MPP's should not be circumvented due to an agenda of a few power brokers within a governing party. Real democracy must prevail in Ontario. ...more »
Given how Rob Ford has been so controversial, and there have been issues with other politicians like Hazel McCallion, voters should be allowed th eoption of recalling politicians - with one threshold for a by-election, and another threshold for a by-election where the offending politican could not run again until the next general municipal election.
An important principle of democracy is the provision of information on how taxpayer money is spent. We pay, we are entitled to know what is done with OUR money. So, access to detailed information on: how elected official spend their salaries, the expenditure on government programs, dollars paid towards the debt, and any other financial actions that use tax dollars. The detailed data which already exists within the Government's ...more »
right now, candidates for each party are chosen by a handful of card carrying party members, at meeting that can be stacked by special interest groups... in a safe riding for a party, this is undemocratic as it is an automatic ticket to Queen's Park. Worse, some party leaders might appoint candidates, over the objections of the community or their local party loyalists. instead of closed candidate selection meetings, ...more »