Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound Ontario Liberal candidate Selwyn Hicks is endorsing the Ontario Citizens' Assembly proposal for Mixed Member Proportional.
Hicks' comments appear in yesterday's Owen Sound Sun Times.
Hicks "wholeheartedly" supports the citizen group's proposals, saying, "I personally have looked into the issue and done my research and think it makes a whole lot of sense."
He thinks the current system is flawed because a party's percentage of the popular vote isn't reflected in its number of seats. Hicks pointed to the 1993 federal election after Brian Mulroney stepped down. His successor Kim Campbell's Tory government was unfairly left with just two seats out of the then-295-seat Commons, yet had earned 16 per cent of the popular vote (over 2 million votes.)
"I think it fixes a problem with our current system," Hicks said. He also likes the idea of having members-at-large. "And they're thinking about the entire province, which we're supposed to do once we're elected."
He thinks it would be "legitimate" for people to vote against the electoral reform based on confusion how the party lists of at-large members will be chosen. But it would be "political suicide" for a party to create a list "without some kind of transparent process."