42.2% is a Majority Under FPTP

October 11, 2007

Election Results
These totals are why MMP supporters can claim that their position has been further justified. With 42.1% of the vote the Liberals will completely control the provincial parliament by themselves. Under MMP they would need NDP or PC support. (Image From CBC.CA)

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Claim: Poor Education Campaign led to “Unmitigated Disaster”

October 11, 2007

The Globe and Mail states that MMP proponents say Ontario’s referendum on electoral reform was an “unmitigated disaster” plagued by voter and media apathy, a poor education campaign, and an impossible threshold for passage.
Dennis Pilon, assistant professor of political science at University of Victoria and author of The Politics of Voting: Reforming Canada’s Electoral System named the referendum as a waste of money because the education campaign focused on how the referendum would work, not what was being considered:

“Selling a voting system is like selling a car. Most of us don’t look up under the hood. We recognize that there are professionals who will take care of that. What we want to know is performance.”

Is this true, or just sour grapes?


MMP Defeated

October 11, 2007

A Toronto Star article posted at 11:53 PM October 10th reports that MMP has been rejected by nearly a 2-to-1 margin.


Top Links

October 9, 2007

Ontario Citizens’ Assembly on Electoral Reform

Referendum Ontario’s Official Guide

Vote For MMP
Liberals For MMP
Conservatives for MMP

No MMP
Spacing Votes MMP Coverage
Search in The Globe and Mail
Toronto Star MMP Guide
Search in The National Post

Google News Search

Green Party describes how it would select list candidates under MMP


Ontario PC Party Rejects MMP

October 9, 2007

The Toronto Star reports that an email from the Progressive Conservative Party is urging party members to reject MMP. From the article:

In an email sent to “tens of thousands” of supporters, the Tories warn the proposed mixed-member proportional representation system (MMP) would further empower parties’ backroom insiders.
“It is felt that the alternative proposed system known as MMP will increase the influence and power of the political party and its leader while decreasing the independence of MPPs,” the missive states.

VoteForMMP.ca was issued a press release rejecting the claims.


Debates On TV

October 7, 2007

Roger’s Local Cable is boardcasting the tape of “The Great Referendum Debate: Toronto Edition” organized by The Centre for the Study of Democracy at Queen’s University which was held September 28, 2007 at the MaRS Complex in downtown Toronto. See this post for my coverage of the event.
For MMP were:

  • Andrew Coyne – National Post political affairs columnist
  • Marilyn Churley – former NDP provincial cabinet minister, nominated NDP for next federal election

Against MMP were:

  • Christina Blizzard – Toronto Sun Queen’s Park columnist
  • Charles Harnick – former PC provincial cabinet minister

The debate in on Cable 10/63 in Toronto 1:30 -3:30.

CPAC’s Public Record program has an archive of their broadcast video available.

Rogers is also broadcasting the Churchill Society debate between Ed Broadbent, former leader of the New Democratic Party of Canada on the pro-MMP side versus Charles Harnick, former attorney general of Ontario on the pro-FPTP side.

Broadcast times are Sunday at 2:30 AM, 3:30 PM, and Monday at 12:00 AM, 4:30 AM.


Tip: YouTube Videos On MMP and The Referendum

October 4, 2007

YouTube has a number of videos tagged “MMP” in its “News & Politics” selection including videos of speeches and debates.