Ontario has the opportunity on October 10th to vote to dump our antiquated first-past-the-post electoral system and replace it with Mixed-Member Proportional (or MMP), a system that guarantees representation at Queen's Park closely matches the way people actually voted.
Stay tuned for future posts on this subject, as well as more good reasons Liberals should support MMP.
ONTARIO PROVINCIAL ELECTION 1990
After a tumultuous campaign, the NDP garnered 37.6% of the vote, just five points ahead of the Liberals at 32.4%. The Tories got 23.5% and other parties won a total of 6.5% support.
However, our first-past-the-post system over-inflated that NDP vote and gave that party a big majority government for which it clearly was not ready. As a result, Ontario got five very long years of disastrous government and the Ontario economy suffered greatly.
We ask supporters of the status quo: How did first-past-the-post promote greater 'stability' in this instance?
Prior to 1990, few believed that support under 40% for any one party could translate into a majority government, but first-past-the-post proved them wrong.
NDP 74 (57%)
LIB 36 (28%)
PC 20 (15%)