District 17 New Haven - Rocky Point

GREEN

LIBERAL

PC

Independent
Peter Bevan-Baker (Incumbent)  
Judy MacNevin
Kris Currie
Don Wills

Peter Bevan-Baker (Incumbent) - Green

Question 1 - Past Record

For incumbent candidates: Did you Honour The Vote by supporting acceptance of the results of the plebiscite in 2016? Why?

Yes. No government on PEI prior to this time had failed to honour the results of a plebiscite. Trust and confidence in our democratic institutions is critical to a health democracy, and ignoring the wishes of Islanders in such a situation as this erodes that sense of trust.

Question 2 - Principles

Do you support Proportional Representation on principle? Why?

Yes. It is a fairer system, creates a legislature that more accurately reflects the voting intentions of the public, is more likely to improve diversity in our parliament, will encourage a more collaborative approach to governance, as well as having profoundly positive impacts on how standing committees and other internal operations of government function.

Question 3 - The Particular model

Do you support the specific Proportional Representation model that is proposed for PEI? Why?

Yes. It is a model in use elsewhere and represents an incremental change to our current system that still provides for very strong local representation yet will create a more proportional distribution of seats.

Question 4 - Legitimacy of the Process

Do you believe the 2019 Referendum is a more legitimate, equally legitimate, or less legitimate process than 2016's plebiscite? Why?

Hard to say. There are so many factors to consider and it is difficult to weigh them against each other. I personally felt that the original plebiscite was entirely legitimate and continue to question the need for a do-over.

Questions 5 - Commitment to future action

If you are a supporter of Proportional Representation:  Regardless of the Referendum result, if a majority of MLAs were in-principle supporters of Proportional Representation, would you introduce and/or support such legislation to improve the island's electoral system?

There is an almost infinite number of hypothetical situations that could arise following the next election regarding potential referendum outcomes and distributions of seats in the House, and imagining some of those possibilities reveals all sorts of complex scenarios that could ensue. Because of that, I won't answer this particular hypothetical question beyond saying that I will honour the vote of this plebiscite, as I vociferously encouraged other members of the legislature to do in 2016.

 

Other Candidates have not yet responded.

Question 1 - Past Record

For incumbent candidates: Did you Honour The Vote by supporting acceptance of the results of the plebiscite in 2016? Why?

For new candidates: Did you support and participate in the movement to Honour The Vote in 2016? Why?

 

Question 2 - Principles

Do you support Proportional Representation on principle? Why?

 

Question 3 - The Particular model

Do you support the specific Proportional Representation model that is proposed for PEI? Why?

 

Question 4 - Legitimacy of the Process

Do you believe the 2019 Referendum is a more legitimate, equally legitimate, or less legitimate process than 2016's plebiscite? Why?

 

Questions 5 - Commitment to future action

If you are a supporter of Proportional Representation:  Regardless of the Referendum result, if a majority of MLAs were in-principle supporters of Proportional Representation, would you introduce and/or support such legislation to improve the island's electoral system?

If you are not a supporter of Proportional Representation: If Proportional Representation wins the referendum, will you Honour The Vote and vote in favour of Proportional Representation legislation?

 

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