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 »
Alternative vote systems are widely used around the world, especially in mult-party jurisdictions. Winner take all, with a split-vote reality is simply undemocractic. Mr. Supreme Leader in Ottawa says he has a 'majority government' when in fact the majority voting (of a sad low voter turn out) DIDN'T VOTE CONSERVATIVE! Then he rules like we all agree with his policies, omnibus Bills, more prisons, selling natural resources... ...more »
Simply put, the priorities for Northern Ontario are far different than Southern Ontario. I pulled the following info from Wikipedia: NORTHERN ONTARIO Area Total=802,378.67 km^2 Population (2011) • Total 732,914 • Density 0.9/km^2 SOUTHERN ONTARIO Area Total =139,931 km^2 Population (2011) • Total 12,118,805 • Density 86.4/km2 By these points alone, it should be apparent that very few in the north will ever feel ...more »
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 »
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