It looks like the Liberals won’t be making any unilateral decisions on electoral reform.
The governing party had a solid majority on the Parliamentary committee looking at the concept. But, the Liberals have reconstituted it to represent the last election’s popular vote.
Rick Smith is Executive Director of the Broadbent Institute. He tells the Alberta Morning News that the move gives voice to smaller parties like the Bloc Quebecois and the Greens, but takes away the Liberal majority.
“Basically the votes have been reshuffled on the committee.” Smith says. “The significant thing is… whatever decision pops out of this committee, the Liberals are not going to be able to decide all by themselves.”
However, he adds, that’s not a bad thing.
“For any vote of this committee, for any conclusion to be supported by a majority of the committee, more than one political party is going to have to sign on, and that means it’s going to have to be, I think, a better discussion than there would have been.”
Proportional representation is expected to be a big theme for the committee, which was formed after the Liberals promised to eliminate first-past-the-post elections during their campaign, along with instituting other reforms. (ms, Alberta Morning News, News Talk 770)