Ontario to vote on electoral system


By Martin Mittelstaedt
Published April 16th 2007 in The Globe & Mail

The referendum, the first in Ontario since a 1921 Prohibition-era vote over liquor availability, will ask the electorate to consider a new voting arrangement that would result in the share of seats each party wins being roughly equal to its popular vote, provided a threshold of at least 3 per cent of all ballots cast is met.

It would apportion legislature seats through a mix of local riding contests, like those that exist now, along with reserving some seats to be awarded according to a party's share of the provincial vote.