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niagarapower-featurePublic ownership vs. private ownership.  The most recent controversy in this regard is the upcoming sale of 60% of Hydro One by the Province of Ontario.  Selling public assets is proposed for many reasons.  The most nefarious reason is because of a belief that any kind of business activity should be conducted by the private sector as a matter of principle.  Only slightly less so is...

flagparliament-featureI must admit, every time I see Steven Harper standing in front of a sign that says "LEADERSHIP", it makes me smile. OK, if you are a leader then you know what actions your staff is taking since you are leading them. If his staff was deeply involved with the Duffy payoff as described in the trial, and Harper continues to claim that he knew nothing about what all his staff knew, how does that line-up with this "LEADERSHIP" concept? The simple answer is, it doesn't. If he didn't know what they all knew, then he is a horrible leader. If he does know but claims as our leader that he didn't know, well we all know what we call that.

McLaren-featureMr Miller missed yet another chance to tell voters how the Conservatives would improve our democratic deficit by skipping out of a public forum on proportional representation in Flesherton on August 12.

Briefly stated, PR is simply a way of voting that more accurately reflects the wishes of all voters than does our current 'First Past the Post' (FPTP) system.

Some form of proportional representation is currently is use in 85% of OECD countries (countries with mature democracies and modern economies). There are different forms, and the form that Mr Miller described in a letter to the SunTimes is known as 'closed Mixed Member Proportional' (MMP). He's right, voters cannot see who will represent them, and I agree that method is open to abuse.

That is precisely why the NDP rejects that method and supports Open MMP or an Open Ballot. On an open ballot you get to vote for your MP just as you do now.

vote-featureDear Editor,

Larry Miller's letter (August 12) includes a false statement. The proposal for Proportional Representation for Ontario never included unelected representatives. It was an extremely intelligent proposal arrived at by a "Citizens Assembly" in a process which was admired worldwide. Their proposal for an MMP system (Mixed member proportional) required that the process used by the parties to select candidates for the list had to be "transparent." And remember: Larry Miller and the three candidates of the other parties were chosen by their own riding associations, not by citizens. During the actual election the citizens decide which of the parties' chosen candidates to vote for. A similar method would be used to select candidates for the list--with the rank-and-file members of the party selecting the most attractive candidates.

LarryMiller-featureDear Editor,
I would like to respond to recent comments by Patrick Mullin regarding a meeting on proportional representation. Mr. Mullin first contacted my office in late spring regarding two possible dates that he was planning meetings at the Owen Sound Library. I could not attend as Parliament was in session.
In July I was invited to a meeting on Aug 12th on the same subject. I was already committed to a number of events in the riding on that day but as a courtesy I agreed to send one of my staff. Not to participate, but to simply gather information from the meeting on my behalf. By his actions of mentioning my staff by name in media advisories etc., it was clear that Mr. Mullin's expectations of my staff's participation were much more than just being there to take notes. It would appear that Mr. Mullin was attempting to have my staff fill my spot when that was never the intention. He knew full well that was never the intention. No one "speaks" on my behalf.

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