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New Brunswick Election

1024px-Flag_of_New_Brunswick.svgThe Dual Electoral System is inspired from the House of Commons where you have a Leader representing the majority of the House and a Leader representing the largest minority of the House. Voting is conducted by a secret preference ballot where the voters mark the candidates in order of choice (1, 2, 3, 4, etc). The ballots are counted with the two candidates with the most votes getting elected. The ballots are counted a second time where the elected candidate with the lower number gets one Legislative vote for every vote received on the second count. In regular session each member has one vote which for the last New Brunswick General election would give both the PC and Liberals one vote less then 50%. The Legislature would operate on a consensual basis because no party can get a majority in regular session. The legislature would have a legislative session once a week where any bills requiring approval are voted on. Each member would have votes equal to their popular vote in their riding. All votes do count in an election for one of the elected candidates from your riding will receive your vote and cast it in Legislative session to determine the passage of legislation.

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As the first table shows in the last General Election in New Brunswick ended with the PCs getting 76% of the seats though a majority of the voters voted against the conservatives. Also 17% of the voters voted for parties that gained no seat and so all those voters have no representation of any kind in the Legislature. The phrase “Taxation without Representation” comes to mind.

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The second table shows the results using the Dual Electoral System. The top two candidates in each riding are elected. This gives both the Conservatives and Liberals the same number of seats and one seat shy of 50%. In regular session its one member one vote so no party rules the Legislature. In the riding of Woodstock the top two candidates were the PC candidate and an Independent Mr David Allen. In the riding of Tracadia-Shelia the top two candidates were the candidates for the Liberals and the NDP. In all other riding’s the top two candidates belonged to the PC and Liberals.

In Legislative session for the riding’s that elected the PC and Liberal candidates I made the assumption that 2/3 of the remaining vote would go Liberal and 1/3 to the PC. For the riding of Woodstock I decided all the secondary vote goes to the Independent candidate Mr David Allen. For the riding of Tracadia-Shelia I awarded all the votes for the PC to the Liberals and none to the NDP. The Legislative vote that the PC and Liberal parties would have better reflects the way the voters voted; PC 54% Leg / 49% Pop, Liberal 45% Leg / 34% Pop. Also all the votes cast for the other candidates just doesn’t disappear they go somewhere. If your vote doesn’t go to your first choice it goes to a secondary choice who in effect proxy votes it in the Legislative session of the New Brunswick Legislature. All votes do count!

If the Dual Electoral System were ever used create 25 provincial ridings with the smallest having at least 50% of the number of electors as the largest riding. This gives you a Legislature of 50 members from 25 dual member ridings. Each member having a number of votes in Legislative session equal to the votes received on the second count of the ballots. You mark your preference for all candidates and one of them will be voting your vote in the New Brunswick Legislature.

The New Brunswick Legislature should first create the Legislative Council consisting of the top two candidates in every riding giving you 98 members. In regular session of the Council its one member one vote. In each riding all the other candidates transfer their popular vote to one of the elected candidates for that riding. This is added to their own popular vote and the total is the number of votes they have when the Council is in Legislative session. The Legislative Council advises the Legislature by regular session on all motions before it. When the Legislature votes to pass a bill the Council advises it by voting in Legislative session. The 49 runner up candidates for each riding don’t get paid. With the operation of this advisory council one would get to see how the Legislature would work under the Dual Electoral System . In other words you can “try it before you buy it”!

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She’s leaving on a jet plane

redford_pmnAll her bags are packed she’s ready to go….

Its the process stupid

There should be a Government Service Board of Alberta that provides services to the members of the legislature, executive officers, judicial personal, and the Crown in Alberta. The GSB would be independent with members having a long term of office. One of the services provided by the GSB could be a VIP airplane services for the Premier, Speaker, Chief justice, and Lieutenant-Governor of Alberta. All the services provided by the GSB have a fee which the user can pay for upfront and if they don’t after 120 days its automatically taken out of their salary until the fee is paid. If the user wishes to bill the taxpayers for the services they submit an OEA (Official Expense Appropriation) to the government service board.

The government service board consists of 12 members who’s term of office last for the duration of three legislatures which should be 12 years. At the beginning of each new legislature 4 members are elected, one by the council of ministers, one by the council of opposition, and two elected by a vote of the Assembly Advisory Council which is the top two candidates from every riding. The Council would be 174 members consisting of 86 Conservative 49%, 73 Wildrose 42%, 8 Liberal 5%, and 7 NDP 4%. Every member of the Council can nominate a candidate to be elected to the GSB. The Council by a secret preference ballot elects the top two on the ballot to the GSB. By a secret ballot the members of the council of ministers vote on the remaining candidates nominated by the members of the advisory council. The candidate with the most votes getting elected. After the Cabinet votes the council of opposition votes on the remaining candidates and likewise by a secret ballot elects the candidate with the most votes. This means the GSB would be 6 Conservatives, 4 Liberals, and 2 Wildrose.

When someone wants the taxpayers to pay for the service fee they submit an OEA to the GSB. If they didn’t pay upfront then after 120 days it starts coming out of their salary until the GSB bill is paid for. The weekly meeting of the GSB that’s 90 days after the submission of the OEA the members vote on whether the board considers the OEA as an legitimate expense. If 7 members vote yes the applicant gets 25% of the OEA back, a vote of 8 they get 50%, 9 votes gives 75%, and by 10 votes they receive 100% of the OEA.

If the Premier uses the VIP airplane service that is administered by the government service board they can pay the fee which is based upon the hours of use and distanced travelled. Afterwards they can submit an OEA to the GSB to get reimbursed for the expense. The Premier can use the service and pay later but if they don’t pay in full within 120 days the unpaid amount is automatically taken from their salary until the bill is paid in full.

All meetings of the Government Service Board are ALWAYS open to the public. No Stephen Harper behind closed doors crap. All votes by the GSB are ALWAYS open votes. The members can not serve in any other public office while on the board. In the event of vacancy the Premier and Leader of the Opposition jointly appoint a person to fill the vacancy with the appointment confirmed by a 2/3 majority vote of the Assembly Advisory Council.

President: Barry Aulis