Confusion will ensure status quo
I read the white paper on Electoral reform on line. My first reaction is that this document will not engage the common electorate.
I myself am a bit confused on what is proposed and I am concerned that the option presented is a done deal. This process will fail again and the electorate will have no choice but to stick to the status quo.
The document has some lofty language on improving female participation in the Legislative Assembly. I don’t see any concrete suggestions.
The document does not seem to facilitate participation of third parties in the Legislative Assembly.
I am in favor of electoral reform. I was in favor of electoral reform ten years ago but voted against what was proposed.
The Legislative Committee will have a tough job engaging the voting public.
For what it’s worth I think there is a simple way to improve gender balance in the Legislature and get third party participation.
Ironically it is similar to the proposal in the white paper.
Instead of four districts based on the federal riding boundaries, I suggest that 3 seats be allotted to the minority parties and keep the 27 seat Assembly.
The white paper suggests 24 districts. My suggestion would be to have 12 districts. Each party would have to nominate one male and one female candidate. The electorate would vote for one male and one female candidate. This ensures gender balance in the Legislative Assembly. John te Raa, Covehead Road