Non-partisan blogger Greg Morrow wrote an excellent post on MMP today on his popular blog DemocraticSpace.com.
In it, Morrow argues that Liberals and other party supporters should stick to their principles when deciding how to vote on Mixed Member Proportional this October 10th.
Here's an excerpt:
"I think the decision to go with MMP should be made on principles alone. But for many, they will assess whether or not the change works to their advantage or not (as in whether it helps their party or not). Our latest Ontario PROJECTIONS (while far too early from which to draw conclusions), illustrate why provincial Liberals would be voting against their interests if they voted against MMP. The projections show that despite being tied at 37% support, the PCs have a significant seat advantage over the Liberals (52 to 44). This is precisely due to the way votes are translated into seats. The PCs inherently have an advantage in Ontario (which means that everyone else has an inherent disadvantage). Certainly, this helps explain why many PCs are against change. But those Liberals that oppose change because they think it hurts their party’s chances would do well to remember the 40 years that they were out of power. So, even for those Liberals who refuse to make a decision based on principles, it is clear that MMP helps the Liberals by ensuring they get their fair share of seats. So MMP ensures that progressive voices from across the political spectrum are heard, commensurate with their support across the province. That helps Liberals, NDPers, Greens, and even the progressive side of the PC party. 64% of people voted Liberal/NDP/Green in 2003. And it’s a reasonable bet that 1 in 5 PC supporters (another 7-8%) is on the progressive side. So at least 70% of Ontarians are progressive. So if MMP fails, it will be because progressives voted against their principles *and* against their self interests."