Prince Edward IslandAfter the 2003 Prince Edward Island electoral reform commission recommended copying the British Columbia Citizens' Assembly model, an eight-member Commission on Prince Edward Island’s Electoral Future will work to educate the public about alternatives to a winner-take-all voting system. Prince Edward Island’s Commission on Electoral Reform began in January of 2003, when Justice Norman Caruthers was appointed to lead an independent commission to explore electoral reform in the province. He released a report outlining four models for discussion in April of that same year. After some public dialogue, a final report was presented in December 2003, which included nine recommendations to be considered by the government of Prince Edward Island, especially choice voting and a mixed-member system. Read a CBC article about the Commission's Report and view a brief history of electoral reform in the province.
On February 14, 2005, PEI's Legislative Assembly appointed an eight-member Commission on Prince Edward Island’s Electoral Future. The Commission's duties will closely mirror those of British Columbia's Citizens' Assembly. The members will be drawn from across the Island's geographical and political spectrum. They were asked to:
- Develop and conduct a public education program to increase awareness of the present “first past the post” electoral system and an alternate mixed-member proportional system as discussed in the Report of the Prince Edward Island Electoral Reform Commission;
- Develop a clear and concise plebiscite question on which electoral system Islanders prefer; and
- Recommend when a plebiscite on this matter should be held.