Se­lect­ing MLAs not com­pli­cated

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - EDITORIAL -

Re­fer­ring to Alan Hol­man's ar­ti­cle ( July 4, 2015) the se­lec­tion of party list mem­bers need not be a com­pli­cated process. Us­ing a MMP (Mixed Mem­ber Pro­por­tional) sys­tem of 17 (or 19) FPTP and 10 Pro­por­tional seats party con­ven­tions will se­lect 17 dis­trict can­di­dates and an equal num­ber of run­ners-up. Since the run­ner­sup par­tic­i­pated in the po­lit­i­cal process they should be con­sid­ered qual­i­fied can­di­dates for the party list. They should be drawn from the run­ners-up list in a fair and ge­o­graph­i­cally bal­anced man­ner.

The party leader is usu­ally ranked num­ber 1 on the party list (safe seat). Party list rank­ings num­ber 2, 3 and 4 must come from three dif­fer­ent ar­eas such as East, West and Cen­tral P.E.I. (se­quence unim­por­tant) For re­main­ing list mem­bers re­peat the pro­ce­dure.

Ad­van­tages: (1) No ap­pointed mem­bers on party list. (2) All run­ner­sup have an equal chance of mak­ing the party list (3) No area can dom­i­nate the list (4) No more em­bar­rass­ing 1 or 2-mem­ber op­po­si­tion in the leg­is­la­ture. Bill Fred­erik­sen, Char­lot­te­town

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