Thursday, August 9, 2007

Blast Furnace Canada: I Support MMP

Liberal blogger Blast Furnace Canada, aka Robert Pavlacic, posted this excellent summary yesterday why he supports Mixed Member Proportional. It's a very nice read. Here's an excerpt:

"By ensuring the representation closely reflects how people actually voted, one will feel their vote counted. Moreover, by having two ballots one can split the vote so they can vote for one party's candidate (or rather his or her slate) for the top job while selecting another party's local candidate.

"Some have argued against the idea of closed lists. And this is a concern -- generally I support the principle of no representation without selection. However, the fact is parties will have to justify who appears on their lists and why. If a party decided, for instance, to choose a slate made up entirely of white males from Toronto's financial district it would risk getting punished not just on the list but on the local level as well. Going back to Israel and its pure PR model -- would any party stand a chance if it just fielded a slate entirely from Tel Aviv or Meggido (Armageddon)? Not likely.

"There are kinks in the system and they can be worked out but this may be the best and only chance we have of getting it done. It's unacceptable a party can win the popular vote and still lose the election. MMP will prevent that from ever happening again. That's why I'm going to support this and work among my colleagues and here to get it up to the 60% vote needed to pass."

1 comment:

ecobuddhist said...

The top 5 reasons for Liberal Party voters to support MMP...

• In 1990, the NDP received only 5% more of the vote than the Liberals but received 29% more seats.
• In 1995, the majority of Ontarions wanted a Liberal-NDP government, but ended up with the Mike Harris Conservatives.
• In 1999, 1 Liberal was elected for every 50,042 Liberal ballots cast and 1 PC was elected for every 33,526 PC ballots cast.In other words, a PC ballot was worth 34% more than a Liberal ballot.
• In 1990, the Liberal party received 8 fewer seats than it should have by the vote.
• In 1995, 1 Liberal was elected for every 43,044 Liberal votes cast but 1 PC was elected for every 22,806 PC votes cast. In other words, a PC vote was worth twice as much as a Liberal vote.

All of this was taken from Elections Ontario --the number don't lie, folks. Go MMP!