The Citizen Assembly Recommendation On Electoral Reform

Why discussion is needed

Many people are not aware we have an opportunity to change our electoral system.

Many people do not have sufficient information about the benefits of changing the system to the one proposed by the Citizen’s Assembly

We rarely get the opportunity to improve our system of government. If this is an improvement to the system, we do not want to miss the opportunity.

Why we are inviting you to consider the question and contribute your point of view

Much of the communications on the proposed system is focused on how it works rather than on the benefits of the changes proposed.

From a leadership point of view, the question is whether the proposed system will contribute to improving our ability to attract and elect representatives who are more likely to behave as leaders and custodians of our common interests.

What we can do with the results of this discussion

If we, as community leaders, feel the proposed system will be an improvement, we can voice our opinion, add our views to the discussion, and communicate our reasons so others are better informed when they vote on May 17th.

Our common interests

Our interests are to have a system that works better in serving our common interests as citizens of the Province. We invite you to articulate the interests we have in common related to the way government functions so we can consider how the changes proposed might contribute more positively to our interests.

The differences between the proposed system and the current system

To be better informed, we invite you to add any information that is missing in this summary of the differences between the proposed system and the current system

The benefits of the proposed system compared to the benefits of the current system

To consider and better understand the benefits of the proposed system, we invite you to offer your opinion on how it might improve the system and contribute more positively to our common interests.

How the proposed system could improve the way government functions

We invite you to express your opinion and ideas about how the proposed system might be used to improve the way government functions.
The new system can be used by people who choose to run for office and by political parties who have an interest in being elected in ways that more positively serve their interests as they more positively serve our common interests as an electorate.

Differences between the systems

Citizens can vote for more than one candidate.

Having the opportunity to vote for more than one candidate means candidates have an interest in attracting one of the several voting choices from each elector. This could provide a greater incentive for candidates to more effectively, consciously and responsibly consider the interests of the people they are offering to represent, to express their personal views and positions more articulately, and more responsibly consider their personal positions and ideas on what they think will contribute positively to the interests.

We could have a greater chance of getting the interest and a response when we have more than one representative elected to represent our interests. We are more likely to have them interested in our concerns when we have the power to elect more than one individual to represent our interests.

Legislation may take a little longer but is more likely to be created with a consideration of the range of interests served and impacted, of the range of approaches that might be taken, have a broader base of public acceptance, support, and success in its implementation, and more likely to be improved upon rather than reversed by subsequent governments.

We need elected representatives to represent the interests of all of our communities of interest that serve our common interests.

If we are able to elect individuals for their ideas, their qualities, and their ability to represent and contribute to our interests, we are more likely to improve the quality of our decision-making. If we are able to elect people for their qualities rather than for their simple, ideological and self-interested positions on issues, – or worse, – for their criticism of the ideas and performance of others without offering alternative ideas for discussion, – we will improve our decision-making process, – with less decisions imposed by fiat.

The STV system could attract and reward personal leadership behavior, – and create an assembly of elected representatives who are more likely to consider how ideas contribute to our common interests and work to improve the way we do things outside the framework of party politics and ideological positions.

STV could create more incentive for candidates to present their qualifications and their ideas and give electors more contexts for considering their candidacy.

We want our representatives to be more open to ideas rather than positions.

We want a diversity of candidates to choose from, not a diversity of parties and ideologies. We want representatives focused on interests and opportunities and initiatives that serve our common interests as our context changes, and not on positions and ideologies.

We want candidates experienced in conversation, collaboration and consideration of alternatives. Currently, party policy debates take place behind closed doors within the ideological framework and context of party positions. The ideology attracts people rather than an interest in representing and serving our common interests as citizens of our regional communities and our Province, – and an interest in providing a public voice and another point of view in the articulation of our common interests and the consideration of ideas, initiatives, and responses to changes that affect or contribute to our common interests.

Our present system is simple, but it is only truly representative when there are only two candidates running, – or when there is a clear-cut majority for a candidate.