The National Post's Mary Vallis recently spoke with Peter MacLeod, Fellow at Queen's University's Centre for the Study of Democracy and principal of public systems design studio The Planning Desk, about the basics of Mixed Member Proportional.
In this National Post column, MacLeod answers the questions in an unbiased and informed way:
What is MMP? Where else is this system used? What is the Ontario Citizens' Assembly? What are the advantages of MMP? What are the disadvantages of MMP? What will happen if the referendum passes? Which is more important under MMP – my party vote or my vote for a local candidate? Does this system necessarily make it easier for women and minorities to be represented in Legislature?