No op­po­si­tion; fewer MLAs

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - EDITORIAL -

Thanks to David Bul­ger for his in­ter­est­ing ar­ti­cle ( July 7, 2015) on no -party leg­is­la­tures. Of par­tic­u­lar in­ter­est is the ap­par­ent elim­i­na­tion of back-room party elites as well as the em­pha­sis on gov­ern­ing by con­sen­sus. As this type of gov­ern­ing is prac­tised suc­cess­fully in the NWT, Nu­navut and many city coun­cils it should be stud­ied by a P.E.I. non-party com­mis­sion.

Since a no-party gov­ern­ment would have no of­fi­cial op­po­si­tion, a 17-mem­ber P.E.I. leg­is­la­ture may be suf­fi­cient. At present, P.E.I. has 5,200 peo­ple per MLA. New Brunswick 13,600 peo­ple per MLA, Nova Sco­tia 18,000 peo­ple per MLA and On­tario 123,000 peo­ple per MLA. A 17-mem­ber P.E.I. leg­is­la­ture would have 8,200 peo­ple per MLA. Bill Fred­erik­sen, Char­lot­te­town

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