Wednesday, August 8, 2007
Mixed Member Proportional - The Cure Is Worse Than The Disease
Proponents of the mixed member proportional (MMP) system take issue with the fact that a Member of Provincial Parliament (MPP) can be elected with less than 50% of the vote. Rather than deal with that issue head on, which many alternative electoral systems could solve, they decide to add additional MPPs that will be selected by the parties. So they do not like that some MPPs do not have the support of the majority of their residents and their solution is to have MPPs added to the legislature that will be selected by politicians? They have not solved the problem by doing this, they have made the problem worse.