Selecting MLAs not complicated
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