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Electoral Reform = Proportional Representation

Idealistic Pragmatist has mentioned at her site the fact that the NDP will be introducing on Monday (Feb 19) a motion to help create a committee to look in to electoral reform.

As IP says, that motion is “carefully unambitious” in an attempt to garner support from all parties. Her next post details why she believes Proportional Representation is the way to go regarding electoral reform.

IP and I have had very public differences on what type of PR we should have in Canada, but I agree with her that PR in some type of form is the way to go… and reforming the House is certainly the easier way (and better way) to do electoral reform then the Harper proposal to half-reform the Senate.

I would thus encourage all of those who are serious about electoral reform to go sign Catherine Bell’s petition to show your support for reforming Canada’s electoral system – and yes.. I have signed it. I might support the Liberals.. but I also recognize good sound reforms when I see it, and I’ll support it regardless of what party is advocating it.

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6 comments to Electoral Reform = Proportional Representation

  • [quote comment=”1845″]The problem Drew is that you need to open up the Constitution to do that to amend the Senate.. and that will be very hard to do.. it will also open up a shopping bag of other things provinces will demand to be changed. I’m also not convinced I want the Senate with electoral powers similar to that of the House of Commons. I look at the US and the potential for gridlock there and I dont want it.

    Yes I do agree about the Constitution issue when it comes to Senate reform- it would cause way too many heads to explode and bring out the worst in all our politicians (esp. Provincial ones). Perhaps I should have been a little more clear about my Senate comments. An elected Senate should have its powers limited to “sober second thought” capabilities: committee work, reviewing of bills, etc.- but not the power to reject bills or for confidence measures.

  • The problem Drew is that you need to open up the Constitution to do that to amend the Senate.. and that will be very hard to do.. it will also open up a shopping bag of other things provinces will demand to be changed. I’m also not convinced I want the Senate with electoral powers similar to that of the House of Commons. I look at the US and the potential for gridlock there and I dont want it.

    The House can be reformed without constitutional talks, by a vote in the House. IP and I can get into the various types of PR if you like.. but regardless of what you go to.. the power of the BQ will be nicked (if only slightly).

  • While I support electoral reform, I’m a bit skeptical about PR in the House- I’d much rather have PR in the Senate (based on popular vote in province- which would dilute the power of the Bloc).

  • janfromthebruce

    For those who want a peak at the ‘card’ and my Liberal MP go to http://blog.morganisageek.org/2007/01/steckles-my-favourite.php

  • janfromthebruce

    Thanks Scott. I am a NDPer who lives in the Bruce, as bloggers could well guess. Since 1993, I have been represented by a Liberal who would be a better fit with the Harper govt, and does not possess a progressive bone in his body. So everytime liberals try to tell me how progressive they are, my eyes glaze over, and I think about the Christmas card from my not progressive Lib MP, with him and his family dressed in war like clothes, toting guns, in a corn field. Inside caption was priceless: Peace on Earth. I mean for all intent and purpose don’t we want progressives to be elected, for example. I could live with that, no matter the party.

  • Thanks, Scott! Really, this motion is for everybody who thinks we need some form of electoral reform, because it makes it possible for Parliamentarians to talk to each other and US about the issue. It’s a winner, no matter what your specific political stripe or your favourite system to change to.

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