March 20, 2014
Should Ontario Vote for Electoral Reform?
• Chance to change an unfair system
• Voting reform must be approved by 60% of voters in 60% of ridings
• Suggestion: mixed system like New Zealand and Germany – 70% of MPPs elected in
local ridings (as is), and another 30% will be elected proportionally.
• Fairer for voters: 2 votes, not just 1. 1 vote for a competent local candidate and 1 vote for
your preferred political party.
• Fairer in result: the number of seats each party occupies in the legislature would depend
on popular vote. No more system where one party takes government with a huge
majority by winning a by a hair in a lot of local seats. History of majority governments
that were the choice of less than 50% of voters.
• Fairer for women: women’s views are not given weight in a white male majority
legislature. Electing more women will improve politics.
• Voters don’t want reform
• Present system is understandable, workable, enjoys voter satisfaction and historical
tradition, and results in the representation voters want.
• Minority governments usually mean voters are ambivalent
• MMP would diminish local voter involvement
• Creating more ridings under FPTP would solve the problem of mixed ridings, MMP
would create fewer but larger ridings (doesn’t solve the problem)