Referendum Ontario

In just over a week’s time, Ontario will be going to the polls to decide which electoral system the province will use. We will be choosing whether to stay with the current system or switch to an alternative system. From my understanding of the system, I’ve already made up my mind as to which one I’ll be voting for.

October 10, 2007 is the date that is set for Ontario’s general election. On that date, two ballots will be given out. One ballot is for voting on the general election and the other for the referendum. The referendum asks, “Which electoral system should Ontario use to elect members to the provincial legislature?” On the ballot there are two choices.

  1. The existing electoral system (First-Past-The-Post)
  2. The alternative electoral system proposed by the Citizens’ Assembly (Mixed Member Proportional)

First-Past-The-Post
Ontario is divided into 107 electoral districts. On Election Day, we will cast our votes for the candidate whom we want to win a seat in the provincial legislature. The candidate with the most votes wins. The party with the most electoral district will be asked to form a government.

Mixed Member Proportional
This system combines two systems, a First-Past-The-Post and a Proportional Representation System. If this system is selection, the citizens of Ontario will have to vote for two different things in the future. One vote is for a local member and one for a political party.

In order for the new system to implemented, it needs sixty percent of the votes. At the moment, I don’t see any need for a new electoral system. I’m not too informed with the politics of this city but I try to be as informed as I can. Voting starts tomorrow but I’m not knowledgeable enough about the other system to vote for it. Elections Ontario was attempting to inform everyone since July but I didn’t hear about the referendum until I received my notification to vote.

The way I see it, the new MPP system will cost taxpayers more because there will be more politicians added to office. I don’t like politicians as it is so I don’t think it’s wise to add more of them.