The Liberals have given up their majority on the committee that will issue recommendations for electoral reform. For some strange reason, the Conservatives seem to be mad about this. It is certainly a welcome step although I believe a referendum is still required. The Conservatives need to stop defending First Past the Post, participate in this new committee, and contribute to improving the status quo. Let’s remember that the current system technically allows the Liberals to change the rules on their own, if they wanted to, after receiving only 40% of the total vote. The Conservatives can’t claim it is the apex of electoral systems. Full story at http://ipolitics.ca/2016/06/02/government-surrenders-majority-on-electoral-reform-committee/
Also, I have added four new points to the Manougian Model for Electoral Reform. Upcoming posts will expand on them:
- Remove the party affiliation of candidates from the ballot paper.
- Use Robson Rotation to alternate the printed order of the candidates on the ballot paper.
- Remove the senatorial floor rule and the one riding per territory convention when assigning the number of ridings per province/territory. (Constitutional amendments required).
- Allow voter recall of an MP.
- Upon submission of a petition of electors of a riding, collected within 90 days, numbering greater than the (first-choice) votes received by a sitting Member of Parliament in their most recent election, a by-election should be called where the incumbent may attempt re-election.