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 »
We need proportional representation at all levels of government in Ontario. PR is about making policy that Ontarians want and need. PR is about representing us in all our diversity: women, minorities and all underrepresented voices. It is great that the Liberal government is seeking this grassroots input and great to see the diversity of ideas. This is what PR gives us as well: many more ideas and voices to make good ...more »
Electoral Reform Referendum WHEREAS a major obstacle to electoral reform is that proponents cannot agree on a particular electoral system WHEREAS a consultative referendum would give a democratic mandate to a particular electoral system WHEREAS New Zealand has achieved electoral reform through a referendum mechanism BE IT RESOLVED THAT the Ontario Liberal Party shall propose a consultative referendum with two questions ...more »
We must change the voting structure to ranked voting. It's important for getting minorities involved in government. See http://www.RaBIT.ca/
Support voting reform!
Given the level of corruption we are witnessing recently with regard to illegal corporate campaign donations, coupled with the anonymity afforded by Attorney/Client privilege. All practicing members of the Bar should be precluded from making donations to Political Parties, Candidates or riding associations so as to further prevent corporate interests avoiding campaign contribution caps or other scrutiny and maintain ...more »
Elections should be held every three years for municipal councils. This would improve accountability of our elected officials and improve democracy.
Most people can not name their own city councillor. They go election to election riding on their incumbancy and escaping accountability due to limited media coverage.
Fix this by allowing municipal political parties so that voters can vote out the entire group of people doing a bad job of running a city rater than just the public mayor or a few top councillors.
To make every vote meaningful it should be relatively easy for voters of small parties with popular ideas, like the Marijuana Party, or the End the Breed Ban Party, or the One School System Party for example, to send those party's Leaders to the Legislature in an official capacity to advocate, every day, for each party's aims, goals, issues and objectives. This can easily be accomplished by changing the way we count ...more »
By lowering the provincial and muncipal voting age in Ontario, we would not only encourage youth to become engaged citizens, but we would make our government accountable to our province's youth. Currently, only citizens at least 18 years of age are considered to be qualified electors both the provincial and municipal levels in the Province of Ontario. The Government of Ontario should amend the current voting age ...more »
Hold elections for vacant Senate seats in the Parliament of Canada.
It would be up to the Legislature as to what method to use (province-wide, senate ridings, etc)
Another one of my "crazier" ideas. This one has 100 people from all across the province picked at random. They'd then serve a year as a provincial "Senator" providing feedback on legislation. The powers of such a Senate would need to be debated. The idea would be to have people like us - you and me - in the spotlight to examine and refine ideas proposed by the government. Random everyday folks with real political power. ...more »
At the moment, the Ontario provincial electoral districts are almost identical to the federal electoral districts contained in Ontario, resulting in northern Ontario electoral districts having a considerably smaller average populous compared to the other regions of Ontario. If the average number of people per riding were to decrease to the currently least populous riding (Kenora-Rainy River), there would be approximately ...more »