No opposition; fewer MLAs
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