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Wilf Day Proportional representation is not just for New Democrats and Greens, nor for women alone. In New Brunswick, the trigger for Bernard Lord to set up ... View > 13-Oct-10
Antony Hodgson It seems to me that the best first step in New Brunswick right now is to encourage the new government to take up again the recommendations of the Commission ... View > 13-Oct-10


From: Wilf Day - Posted: 13-Oct-10 - 12:55

Proportional representation is not just for New Democrats and Greens, nor for women alone.

In New Brunswick, the trigger for Bernard Lord to set up the Commission on Legislative Democracy (which recommended PR) was when the Liberals won every seat in 1987. But in the recent election the Liberals were shut out in the whole Saint John region and Fredericton region.

Just as, federally, the Liberals were shut out in Alberta, in Quebec outside the Montreal region, in South Central Ontario (Hamilton-Waterloo-Niagara), and so on. While the Conservatives were shut out in the City of Toronto and the whole metropolitan Montreal region. The only clear bonus went to the Bloc.

These exaggerated regional differences are bad for Canada, and bad for voters. When every vote counts, voters have more power.

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From: Antony Hodgson - Posted: 13-Oct-10 - 18:16

It seems to me that the best first step in New Brunswick right now is to encourage the new government to take up again the recommendations of the Commission on Legislative Democracy and follow through on former premier Bernard Lord's plan to put this recommendation to a referendum. There would also need to be a public process put in place to build awareness and understanding of the commission's previous work and the question(s) going to referendum.

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