DOES THIS MEAN MORE MLAS, AND MORE COSTLY GOVERNMENT?

Answer

No, it doesn't.

With the MMP model proposed, we'd have the same number of representatives as what we have now.

Currently we have 27 MLAs. With Mixed-Member Proportional (MMP) the Island would have 18 district MLAs and 9 province-wide MLAs, totalling 27.

Since the number of representatives would likely not change, the overall cost to pay representatives would be the same too.

To put things in perspective: the budget for PEI's Legislature is only about 0.5% of the province's annual budget for things like healthcare, education and infrastructure. The legislature is the decision-making body for how approximately $1.7 BILLION of our taxes should be spent. With proportional representation, we have more transparency and better oversight over how that money is spent. That's where the real savings happen!

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