BREAKING NEWS: The following email was sent today from Don Guy of the 2007 Ontario Liberal campaign to Joe Murray of Vote For MMP. Now all four major parties have committed to choosing their list candidates in a democratic and transparent way, should Mixed Member Proportional pass on October 10th.
This is great news as it absolutely dispels the notion that parties will use their province-wide lists to appoint party hacks, backroom cronies and bagmen, as alleged by opponents of the Citizens' Assembly's recommendation for change, including NoMMP.ca and the Toronto Star. Instead, the Ontario Liberal Party is committing to undertake a democratic and transparent process to pick such candidates.
Sent: October 2, 2007 12:40 PM
To: Joe Murray
Subject: RE: quote on democratic Liberal nominations under MMP
We are committed to choosing all of our candidates through a democratic and transparent process. We are pleased that our party attracts people from all walks of life and we will continue to work to ensure our party reflects the diverse and multi-cultural nature of Ontario.
We are pleased to be the only party to meet its Equal Voice target of nominating at least 50% of women in our unheld ridings for this election campaign. And we remain committed to further improving the prospects of women candidates running for our party in the future.
Ontario Liberal Campaign, 2007