Ref­er­en­dum Act needs amend­ments

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - EDITORIAL -

When Jor­dan Brown, MLA for Char­lot­te­town-Brighton, tabled Bill 38 (The Elec­toral Sys­tem Ref­er­en­dum Act), I felt frus­trated and an­gry — both as a sup­porter for pro­por­tional rep­re­sen­ta­tion and more gen­er­ally as a res­i­dent of P.E.I. A re­cent guest opin­ion piece “Democ­racy red alert” raised my awareness and un­der­stand­ing of the bill and how we can move for­ward.

I live in Dis­trict 12 and my MLA is Richard Brown. I would like for Mr. Brown to bring forth amend­ments to the bill and to ad­dress the issues such as the lim­its and bans on spend­ing, the thresh­old for change, and lack of ex­pense al­lowance for ed­u­ca­tion to help in­form is­lan­ders about pro­por­tional rep­re­sen­ta­tion.

If you are read­ing this — re­gard­less of whether you sup­port pro­por­tional rep­re­sen­ta­tion or not — please ask your MLA to review Bill 38 and ask them to pro­pose amend­ments be­fore the bill comes into force.

Brit­tany Jaku­biec, Char­lot­te­town

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