Fair, Proportional, Effective: The Need for Electoral Reform in Ontario
January 31, 2007
There are certain principles to which we believe our electoral system should adhere. CPJ recommends that any proposed reform must be fair, proportional and effective:
- Fair: Citizens should get what they vote for. If they vote for a candidate of a certain party, that person’s representative should be from that party.
- Proportional: Representation in the legislature should be in proportion to the support garnered. Parties should be able to exercise legislative power only in proportion to their popular support.
- Effective: Citizens should be able to expect that an electoral system will enable representatives to faithfully carry out the agreed upon principles and election promises to which voters lent their support.
View our submission.