Jordan Brown - Democracy Hero?


IS  JORDAN  BROWN  A  'FRIEND OF DEMOCRACY' 

Let us know in the comments if you get a positive - or negative - response! 

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Jordan Brown
Liberal
District 13: Charlottetown - Brighton

Tell Jordan Brown you want him to Honour The Vote!

902-620-3865
jbrown@assembly.pe.ca 

Mailing Address:

PO Box 2890
Charlottetown  PE  C1A 8C5 

Office Address:
2nd floor, Coles Building
175 Richmond Street

  

 

 


BACKGROUND

PLEBISCITE VOTE: DISTRICT RESULTS IN CHARLOTTETOWN-BRIGHTO|N
Mixed-Member Proportional - 63%
First Past the Post - 32%
Turnout: 48.13%, the highest turnout in the province

Jordan Brown spoke at length in the Legislature on Tuesday November 15, in response to a motion that the government introduce legislation to implement Mixed Member Proportional Representation before the next Provincial Election.

Questions have been raised about his motivation in speaking at such length, and thus - along with Minister Tina Mundy - running out the clock so that the motion could not be voted upon on Tuesday night. Was he trying to stifle debate and prevent the motion from passing? Or was he trying to buy more time - knowing that the vote wouldn't pass, was he stalling debate until Thursday, by which time there may be enough votes in the Liberal caucus to pass the motion?  Time will tell. 

See what he said in this video archive, from 1:04:15 onwards.


TALKING POINTS

Let him know who you are & where you live!
If you voted for him in the last provincial election, tell him!

Tell him you expect him to Honour The Vote, represent the clear will of the voters in District 13 and across the province, and support legislation to move forward with Mixed Member Proportional Representation in time for the next Provincial Election.

If he does or does-not Honour the Vote, can he count on your vote in the next election?
Tell your personal story about the plebiscite - if you voted, why you voted, what your family thinks about Honouring The Vote.
Thank him for his time.

  • This is a chance for the government to leave a legacy: the whole country is watching.
  • We can decrease cynicism in politics, by showing islanders that democracy is still worth participating in, and that votes still matter.
    Many islanders chose not to vote because they knew the plebiscite was non-binding, and suspected that their votes might be ignored anyway, not making any difference. That cynicism about politics is what Wade MacLauchlan promised to break in the 2015 election campaign. We know that the Liberal party respects democratic processes, and if they want to strengthen faith in politics, they will listen to the voice of the people, to show that votes really do matter.
  • What message is being sent to our young people about the value of casting a ballot?  The Committee & Legislature gave 16 & 17 year olds the right to vote for the first time in this plebiscite. If their votes are ignored, and will mean so very little? How upsetting for those young people to experience this as their first connection with democracy and civic engagement. 
  • In this province's democracy, who has the ultimate say? The people, or the premier?
  • There is no mandate to continue with the current First-Past-the-Post system. Only 31% of Islanders chose First-Past-the-Post as their first choice on the ballot. That's 69% of voters expressing a desire for a change in the way we elect our MLAs!
  • Proportional Representation is the clear choice of the voters. On every round of counting, more than 50% of voters favoured Proportional Representation as their first choice. In the end, 52.4% of votes went to Mixed Member Proportional Representation, compared with only 42.8% for First-Past-the-Post. That is a clear majority as well!
  • In a democracy, the voices of those who vote is what counts. Every Islander had the opportunity to participate in this plebiscite, and the 36% turnout does not invalidate the results of this plebiscite any more than the results of any other election. Most municipal governments across Canada are elected with a similar or even lower voter turnout, but that does not invalidate those elections.

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