VoteForMMP.ca calls upon John Tory to reject appointment of MMP candidates



    TORONTO, Sept. 26 /CNW/ - The VoteForMMP campaign is calling upon
Conservative Party Leader John Tory to clarify his approach to nominating
candidates under the new system.
    According to a CP wire story, Mr. Tory yesterday repeated the misleading
suggestion that province-wide candidates under the new MMP electoral system
would be "appointed" rather than elected. "I think the whole notion of having
appointed people may be heading in the opposite direction that we should," Mr.
Tory is reported to have said.
    "We certainly agree with Mr. Tory that appointed candidates have no place
in the province's legislature," said Rick Anderson, chair of the VoteForMMP
Campaign. "No one is proposing that there be appointed candidates under MMP -
unless Mr. Tory is intending that Conservative party province-wide list
candidates would be selected in this undemocratic manner."
    Most advanced democracies have moved toward some kind of more
proportional system, as the Ontario Citizens' Assembly has recommended
Ontarians adopt.
    "In all countries where MMP is used, parties use democratic processes to
nominate their list candidates - just as in Canada today the parties use
democratic processes to nominate riding candidates," said Anderson.
    "Mr. Tory's remark stands to confuse and mislead voters on the matter of
whether candidates will be democratically nominated. Is he saying that the
Conservative Party will not select candidates democratically? Is he accusing
the other parties of this? Is he advocating that Ontario's Elections Act
specify how parties select candidates, a matter heretofore left to parties in
the expectation they will proceed democratically?"

    About Vote for MMP: Vote for MMP is a multi-partisan citizens' campaign
supporting the Mixed Member Proportional (MMP) voting system presented to
Ontarians for adoption in the electoral reform referendum on October 10. MMP
was proposed by the Ontario Citizens' Assembly on Electoral Reform, an
independent body of 103 randomly chosen Ontario voters. Assembly members were
asked by the Ontario Legislature to (a) determine whether Ontario needs a new
voting system, and (b) if so to recommend an improved system. The Assembly
studied proportional electoral systems used in 81 democracies around the
world, and selected MMP as the approach best-suited for Ontario. Vote for MMP
is funded by donations from citizens and organizations who agree with the
Citizens' Assembly recommendations, and believe it is time to strengthen
democracy and modernize Ontario's voting system that gives voters more choice,
fairer results and stronger representation.





For further information:

For further information: Steve Withers, Media Coordinator, VoteForMMP
Campaign, Tel: (519) 282-1078, e-mail: steve.withers@VoteForMMP.ca; Rick
Anderson, Chair, VoteForMMP Campaign, e-mail: rick@asci.ca; Website:
www.VoteForMMP.ca

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