It makes me very happy we may actually get some change before the next election. I hope if we actually do have a referendum you all educate yourselfs on the different systems and I am personally going to back MMP and not STV to be the referendum question.
Just in case any of you are wondering MMP is a mix of Proportional rep and FPTP. STV is the transferable vote which they use in Irleand and a few other nations and I believe used a few times in BC. I'm hoping if any of you guys get chosen for the assembly and or if there is a vote on it, that we chose MMP over pure FPTP, PR AND STV OR MTV.
I am writing to you today to update you personally on the latest developments in moving ahead on our government's commitment to examine electoral reform in Ontario.
Please see the attached news release and backgrounder, which outline the details of the Citizens' Assembly process that were included in a regulation filed earlier today. The Assembly will be asked to assess Ontario's current and different electoral systems, and recommend whether Ontario should retain its current system or adopt a different one.
If the Assembly recommends a change to our electoral system, then a referendum will be held on that alternative within our government's current mandate.
Assembly meetings are expected to begin in September 2006 under the leadership of George Thomson, appointed Chair of the Citizens' Assembly by the Lieutenant Governor in Council.
For the first time in Ontario's history, we'll have a full, open debate on which electoral system best serves Ontario. And it will be up to Ontarians to choose whether to keep the system we have now, or exchange it for another.
Today's announcement is an important milestone. Given your interest in democratic renewal, I thought it important to share this exciting news with you.
Dr. Marie Bountrogianni
Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs
Minister Responsible for Democratic Renewal