Wednesday, August 1, 2007
How Will Mixed Member Proportional Work In Ontario
The mixed member proportional (MMP) system being proposed will increase the number of representatives by adding 22 additional Members of Provincial Parliament (MPPs). The current number of local MPPs will be reduced to 90 and continue to be elected by the voters in each riding. The additional 22 MPPs plus the 17 MPPs from the reduction of local MPPs will be referred to as "list members" and will be drawn from a list of candidates created by each political party, with the candidates listed in order of priority for the party. If the MMP system is adopted, voters would have two votes at election time: one vote for their local candidate, the same as currently occurs, and one vote for the political party of their choice. Once the tallies on local candidates is completed across the province, additional MPPs will be added from the lists submitted by the political parties until the percentage of MPPs for each party is equal to the percentage of the vote they received - the vote for the political party of your choice.