Inclusive and Just Society

Enlarge the provincial legislature

Ontario currently has the greatest number of constituents per provincial riding of any province, with Qu├ębec possessing a larger legislature in spite of containing approximately two thirds the population. Enlarging the provincial legislature would reduce the disparity between popular vote for each party and each party's representation in the legislature, and reduce the influence of "special interests" (due to elected officials more commonly interacting with constituents relative to campaign donors and lobbyists). The cost due to more MPP salaries would be offset by greater economies of scale, more efficient decision making, smaller staff being required per MPP (due to fewer questions and assistance being requested by constituents and a lower proportion of MPPs being members of cabinet or committees) and lower secondary housing and transportation allowances.

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Idea No. 70