Proportional representation will avoid abuse of power

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I would like to express heartfelt appreciation to the people of Cardigan for welcoming me on the doorsteps of the riding and giving Green Party policies a fair hearing. I did not encounter a single rude comment or a mean dog.

I thoroughly enjoyed the process and would like to thank my fellow candidates for setting a tone of mutual respect and civil discourse.

Congratulations, Lawrence MacAulay, well deserved.

Islanders are breathing a sign of relief to see the end of Harper but how do we avoid abuse of power in future? The answer is proportional representation. This is our big chance and MacLauchlan and Trudeau could deliver true democracy. The process is well underway here on P.E.I. with a white paper released in July and hearings going on right now.

I fear the Liberals have already made up their minds and will reject proportional representation. The model proposed in the white paper is preferential ballot. This is a bad idea and will not result in more seats for small parties. To quote the white paper, ‘the system does not directly translate vote share into seat share, and hence may not succeed in making election outcomes results more proportional.’ Preferential ballot is a cumbersome form of the same old first past the post. I urge the government to honour its own process and respect the will of the people.

The hearings are on public record and Islanders are overwhelmingly backing proportional representation.

In the 85 countries of the OECD with MMP there are more women elected, stronger environmental policies and stable governments with long term goals. It’s time to join these forward thinking countries.

Teresa Doyle,


Organizations: Green Party, OECD

Geographic location: Cardigan, P.E.I.

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