Wednesday, May 23, 2007

MMP : Leaders in Legislature

I just had another thought - likely somebody else has already realized this and I'm just stating the obvious.

Party leaders will run locally and be the first one on the list for strategic purposes. Provided the party receives at least 3% of the vote, the party leader will be guaranteed a seat in the legislature - either by being elected locally or being the first selected from the list.

Why run locally? Well, the party may not garner the 3%, but could still win a local riding.

This, to me, is a positive.

Updated: Actually, I just remembered this is similar to an idea Robert suggested way back last October.

1 comment:

Wilf Day said...

In the 2003 election, the Liberals got so many local seats that, by my projection into the new MMP map, I think they would have gotten only one list seat. So it's risky for a leader to run only on the list: the list is no guarantee of election.

Will ridings have more autonomy? That's a matter for each party. The Scottish Conservative Party keeps as much local autonomy as they can: their list is simply their local candidates, ranked by a democratic internal process. Another party might hold (for example) six regional nomination conventions attended by delegates elected from each riding, then proceed to local nominations, and finally assemble the six lists into a single list taking the local nominations into account -- and if the regional convention nominated a good balance of people from diverse groups, those people might have an advantage at a local nomination meeting, as perhaps was intended by that party.

MMP sets up a framework with more voter choice both for your local MPP and for the range of parties for which voters can cast effective votes. It doesn't dictate how a party will use that framework.

Wilf Day