Via Facebook, I came across a fantastically important idea that makes voting for Mixed Member Proportional representation in the upcoming Ontario election and referendum a no-brainer. Thanks to Howie Chong of Carbon Zero for bringing it to my attention!
Aboriginal voices have little to no expression in the parliaments of this country, which just adds insult to historical injury. Asking mainstream (i.e. “white”) political parties to represent, legislate and regulate uniquely aboriginal issues in our houses of political discourse is a continuing tragedy of the colonial experiment which fails to recognize the legitimate claims of our aboriginal peoples to representation, resources and self-determination.
Those who know me know that I have been a fan of proportional representation for a long time. There are a number of reasons why, some principled and others more instrumental. I want the Green Party voice to be heard, AND the Libertarians. I want a strong social democratic voice in parliament – whether that’s the NDP or some (more worthy?) successor. I want to see our political discourse reflect something of the actual complexity of our population as the visible face of Ontario changes rapidly with migration.
I hope that you will join me in bringing about the first significant change in our political system in decades. And in our first MMP election, I will seriously consider giving my party vote to an Aboriginal Party as a small step towards correcting historical exclusion. It is possibilities such as this that excite me about MMP.