James Aylward (Incumbent)
Lynne Thiele - NDP
Question 1 - Past Record
For new candidates: Did you support and participate in the movement to Honour The Vote in 2016? Why?
Yes, I campaigned door to door, petitioned at events, dropped off flyers, went to rallies. why? The most important step we can take to real democracy.
Question 2 - Principles
Do you support Proportional Representation on principle? Why?
Every vote should count. A coin toss has decided which candidate got power and which one got nothing. Yes, I support PR. Enough votes should elect an MLA.
Question 3 - The Particular model
Do you support the specific Proportional Representation model that is proposed for PEI? Why?
The proposed model is Mixed-Member Proportional Representation, with 2/3 district seats, and 1/3 compensatory regional seats, with open party lists.
I believe MMP is best.
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?
The 2016 Referendum was legitimate. I'm not sure of the 2019.
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?
I absolutely promise to do anything in my power to support, introduce and vote for PR as will all NDP candidates and elected MLAs.