FPTV ep. 8: Electoral Reform - Majority Whim vs. Reason





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Published on Apr 4, 2007

It is expected that, on May 15, 2007, Ontario's Citizens Assembly on Electoral Reform will recommend replacing Ontario's Single Member Plurality (SMP or "First Past the Post") electoral system with the Mixed Member Proportional (MMP) system. If it does so, Ontario will hold a referendum on October 10, 2007, to decide whether or not to replace Ontario's SMP system with the MMP system.

The key difference between the two electoral systems is that the SMP tends to yield single-party majority governments, whereas the MMP tends to create minority governments.

In this episode of FPTV, Freedom Party of Ontario leader Paul McKeever explains to Ontario's Select Committee on Electoral Reform that minority governments exclude the possibility of rational and exclude ethics from the law-making process. Only a majority government, submits McKeever, allows a government to make laws according to what is right rather than just according to what is merely popular.

NOTE: the Select Committee was comprised of elected members of the provincial legislature and held its hearings in 2005. On the basis of its report, the government set up Ontario's Citizens Assembly on Electoral Reform.


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