Two Systems, which one would you choose? MMP is a new way to vote in Ontario, with more choice, fairer results and stronger representation. Check out www.VoteForMMP.ca
MMP stands for Mixed Member Proportional, it's the new electoral system proposed for Ontario. by the Citizens' Assembly on Electoral Reform. On October 10th, there will be a referendum in Ontario which will decide to either keep the current system, called First Past the Post, or implement the new system in time for the next provincial election.
The new system will be simple and sensible.
You will still vote for your preferred local candidate just as you do now. In addition, you will also cast a vote for your preferred political party. The share of these votes that each party wins will determine its overall share of seats in the legislature.
The provincial legislature will have 90 riding MPPs and 39 at-large MPPs.
If after the 90 riding seats are filled, a party has fewer seats than its portion of the party vote, that party wins some of the additional 39 provincial (or at-large) seats to ensure it has its fair share of the total seats. These at-large representatives are elected from provincial lists of candidates nominated by each party in advance of the election. Voters can judge these at-large candidates, as well as local candidates, and vote accordingly.
Mixed Member Proportional (MMP) will give Ontario voters the best of both worlds. You get strong local representation PLUS fair results, with parties gaining no more, and no fewer seats than they really deserve.
Here's an election example: Party X gets 30 per cent of the party votes, but when riding results are tallied, they have a share of seats that is 10 short of the 30 per cent of the seats they deserve. In that case, Party X will also gain 10 at-large seats, with their top ten at-large candidates winning those seats.
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