IS TINA MUNDY A FRIEND OF DEMOCRACY ?
Let us know in the comments if you get a positive - or negative - response!
Hon. Tina Mundy
Tell Minister Mundy you want her to Honour The Vote!
2nd Floor, Jones Building
PLEBISCITE VOTE: DISTRICT RESULTS FOR SUMMERSIDE - ST. ELEANORS
Mixed-Member Proportional - 50%
First Past the Post - 45%
Minister Tina Mundy 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 her motivation in speaking at such length, and thus - along with MLA Jordan Brown - running out the clock so that the motion could not be voted upon on Tuesday night. Was she trying to stifle debate and prevent the motion from passing? Or was she trying to buy more time - knowing that the vote wouldn't pass, was she stalling debate in order to make enough time for more votes in favour to be gathered, amongst the Liberal caucus? Time will tell!
Some great points she raised:
- While she personally voted for First Past the Post, she feels that it is important to have an open mind - what she called a 'scout mindset'. It is important listen when new evidence is presented, especially information that might contradict what we previously believed. We need to be open and able to change our minds, instead of getting defensive.
- We've seen an election in the US in the last week where people wanted change, and many didn't feel like their voices had been heard. It wasn't pretty
- In reviewing the white paper from 2015, she said she was inspired by these words: "To become the first Canadian jurisdiction to move past First Past the Post, and to put Prince Edward Island on the map for our democratic process." This could be a chance for PEI to be different, to make history.
- "I do believe the results are too significant to ignore. Doing so may be at our own peril."
- "But if this is indeed an opinion poll, then I would suggest that there is an appetite for change."
- She started reaching out to her constituents, talking to people that she knew, that she didn't know - not the usual suspects who have been advocating for Proportional Representation,
- For 200 years, our history has been one of gradual adaptation to a changing world.
Let her know who you are & where you live!
If you voted for her in the last provincial election, tell her!
Tell her you expect her to Honour The Vote, represent the clear will of local voters in District 22 and the clear result across the province, and support legislation to move forward with Mixed Member Proportional Representation in time for the next Provincial Election.
If she does or does-not Honour the Vote, can she 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 her for her 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.