How it works:
Locally elected candidates will win their seats as before. The party vote will determine the overall share of seats a party wins in the legislature.
If a party's number of elected candidates falls below their share of the party vote, there is a top-up from party "list members". Prior to the election, each party publishes a list of candidates, in the order they are to be elected. Candidates can run locally and be included on the list. If they win in their district, their name is crossed off and the position falls to the next person on the list. This allows a party to ensure that its priority candidates will have a seat.
Under the new system, there will be 129 seats in the legislature. 90 seats will be allotted to local candidates and 39 will be allotted for party list members.
Why we support it:
In countries that have adopted the MMP system, we have seen that it has increased the participation of women and underrepresented citizens in the legislature.
By ranking women high on their lists, parties can boost their chance of securing a seat in legislature. Because these lists will be made public, voters can see which party has the strongest slate of women candidates.
It will still take the commitment of party leaders and women to run as candidates to ensure that the MMP system results in the election of more women. But we believe that these reforms will accelerate women's participation in electoral politics.
What’s Wrong with the Current System? Why should we change?
So the system seems to work ok now, doesn’t it? If it ain’t broke, why fix it?
Well, that’s because the system is broke. It doesn’t work well because for majority of Ontarians, it fails to make their vote count. For example, a winning party may get only 35% of the votes, but it receives 60% of the seats and 100% of the power.
The Mixed Member Proportional System will allow you two votes:
—for your preferred local candidate and for your preferred party;
The Mixed Member Proportional System will give you fairer election results:
—with parties gaining no more, and no fewer, seats than the people have voted to give them.
The Mixed Member Proportional System will provide us with more representation:
—with more women and diverse candidates elected