Today, the Great Canadian Debate project is hosting an online debate on the Ontario MMP referendum question. The two bloggers arguing are Scott Tribe for Mixed Member Proportional and Cameron Holmstrom against MMP.
Voters in this referendum are being asked to choose between the current First-Past-The-Post system and the proposed Mixed Member Proportional (MMP) system. The MMP system was recommended by the Citizens' Assembly after months of study and deliberation. The process leading up to this referendum was unique because it was citizen-driven. The proposed alternative system had to come from ordinary citizens, not politicians who are inherently biased.
As this site posted earlier, to suggest that this unique process of citizen-driven reform can simply start over again at some point in the future and come up with a better alternative defies credibility. More than likely, most naysayers would view a defeat for MMP as a mandate to keep First-Past-The-Post for the foreseeable future.
Scott Tribe is a founding member of Liberals For MMP and a Grit blogger.
We encourage you to click on the online debate and take part in the moderated discussion (after registering on the forum.)