Saturday, June 30, 2007

NB Liberals nix democracy

A flat "No" from the New Brunswick Liberal government to proportional representation for the province. A Commission on Legislative Democracy, established by the previous Conservative government, had urged a referendum in 2008 to let the people decide if they wanted a form of the Mixed Member Proportional system. The Liberals want none of it.

Small wonder. The Liberals lost the popular vote in 2006, but formed a majority government anyway, under the risible "first-past-the-post" system. It seems they aren't about to let democracy hurt their chances next time around.

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