On next October 10th, as part of the next Provincial election, Ontarians will be asked if they want to replace our current electoral system with a Mixed Member Proportional (MMP) form of voting. This site is designed to help you make your decision in this important Referendum. If we decide to change, we will have to live with that decision for a long, long time.
Please use this site to learn more about our current system and the pitfalls of MMP voting.
- To achieve the single goal of proportionality, the proposed MMP system shifts power from the local voter in ridings across Ontario to the power brokers at Queens Park.
- Specifically MMP would bring:
- 17 fewer local ridings, covering more territory, with less contact with your local representative
- 39 politicians chosen by other politicians ... not you
- Closed door party deal-making for weeks after elections, to decide who governs the Province
- Tax dollars paying for 22 more politicians and their staff at Queens Park
- A confusing ballot and vote counting system
- A weaker, indecisive Ontario
- Fringe parties holding the balance of power with 2 or 3 seats
Under MMP 39 members of the Provincial parliament would be elected from province wide lists and 90 from constituencies, for a total of 129. The number of MPPs would be adjusted to reflect the results of the list voting.
So if the Liberal party gets 40% of the list votes and elects 52 MPPs from constituencies, they would not get any additional seats from the list since 40%of 129 equals roughly 52. If the Greens, on the other hand, get 8% of the votes and elect no MPPS in any constituencies, they would be allowed to name ten of their members to the legislature from their list. (8% of 129 equals about 10.)
Another and probably even worse effect on northern Ontario would be the increase in the size of the constituencies. If the total number of ridings is reduced to 90 from 107, the large ridings in northern Ontario would become even larger.
So this will mean that the large urban centres will be able to largely decide the composition of the Ontario legislature. Northern Ontario has less than 10% of Ontario's population. Under a system where the proportion of seats in the legislature would equal the percentage of votes cast for a party, northern Ontario would count for very little.
On October 10th Vote to keep our present voting system!
Link to the Vote No to MPP web site.
Link to the the Ontario Elections website