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She’s leaving on a jet plane

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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

 

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Invitation vote

You are cordially invited to vote in a trial voting session of the national assembly of the Federalist party of Canada. The voting period begins at 1AM Eastern Standard Time on Sunday, December 30. The voting period ends at 11PM Eastern Standard Time on Monday, December 31. To vote click on VOTE under National assembly December. When the login window pops up enter your name and password. If you wish to have a resolution voted on under the order paper tab on the national assembly page is motion and fill out the form. I will accept new resolutions up till  December 15. At that point on the order paper page I will list what is up for a vote in the Assembly. If you wish to vote sent me your name and a password with no capital and all letters by December 25. On January first you can login and see the results. The results are unofficial and wont be recorded on the party’s website since non members who have been invited to vote are well voting. A chance for Canadians to take a look and show them how democracy of the membership works in the Federalist party of Canada.

Barry Aulis  president@federalistparty.ca

Elections Canada form

Your president has created a new page under Join which gives the Elections Canada form for the declaration of a member of a party. The file is PDF you can just click on it and then print out the form.

Letters to PEI

This is from 2012. If any wish more information on my proposed Dual Electoral System please email me at president @federalistparty.ca. In earlier posts are elections results using the Dual Electoral System. On the page for the National Congress on the blog tab is a post below the first one detailing the US Congress under the Dual Electoral System.

I have been sending letters to the 27 members of the PEI provincial legislature dealing with the Dual Electoral System instead of their using the first past the post. I’ve done all members of the Conservative opposition and I’m about half way through the governing Liberals caucus. Here is a copy of this letter.

The next PEI General Election has the following results the popular vote is Conservatives 50.2%, Liberals 46.5%, and others 3.3%. Seats won is 15 for the Liberals and 12 for the Conservatives. What then? Furthermore in the last election the Liberals did not get 80% of the vote they got 51% of the vote. Also 8.5% of the voters didn’t vote for either the Liberals or Conservatives and thus have no representation whatsoever. You had a recent plebiscite on electoral reform. Here is an alternative to the first past the post system and the election reform that failed.

An alternative voting system

The 3 R’s of Parliament are representative, responsible, and responsive. With our first past the post system we don’t even get beyond the first R of parliaments. Here is an alternative to both the current electoral system and proportional representation.

In the 2001 BC election 21% of voters did not vote for either the Liberals or the NDP. That means 1/5 of all taxpayers; the people that are paying the government’s bills had no representation whatsoever. For the 2005 election it was 13% and in the last election it was 12%. The worst-case scenario is what happened in 1987 in New Brunswick. The Liberals won every seat with 60% of the vote. Forty percent of the voters had no representation at all and thus no say in determining how their tax dollars are spent. I believe this is commonly referred to as taxation without representation!

Like many I know that our first past the post election system doesn’t give us a representative House of Commons but also like many I don’t like the various proposed proportional representation systems either. After the Quebec 1998 general election where the Liberals got more votes then the PQ but the PQ formed a majority government with it having 65% of the seats I thought we really do need an alternative to the first past the post system. What follows is my proposed alternative to FPTP and PR elections.

Dual Electoral System

This proposed system of representation comes from the House of Commons itself. It can be said of the House of Commons that it is a group of 308 voters who choose from among their number two principle leaders, one who leads the majority caucus of the House and one who leads it’s minority. This is the basis of the dual electoral system.

A preference ballot is used for voting. The candidate with the number one on a ballot gets one vote. The two candidates with the most votes are elected. The ballots are counted a second time with the elected candidate with the lower number getting one vote. Each elected member will have one ” member vote ” in the House to be used in regular sessions and one ” legislative vote ” for each vote received on the second count of the ballots. These votes are voted when the House is in legislative session and is used to pass what else, legislation! One day a week is set by the Commons for the legislative session and any bills requiring third reading are voted on during that session.

Last four PEI general elections

Election

Party

Seats

Vote

Dual

Leg Vote

2011

Lib

22

51%

27

51% / 60%

PC

5

40%

27

40% / 49%

2007

Lib

23

53%

27

53% / 59%

PC

4

41%

27

41% / 47%

2003

PC

23

54%

27

54% / 57%

Lib

4

43%

27

43% / 46%

2000

PC

26

58%

27

58% / 65%

Lib

1

34%

26

33% / 40%

NDP

0

8%

1

1%

The main drawback of this system is if you keep the same number of ridings you will double the number of members or having the same number of members will double the size of the electoral ridings.

Benefits of the Dual Electoral System

  1. Guarantee of an opposition since no party can have more than 50% of the members.
  2. In regular sessions the members have one vote each so there will be non-partisan voting on the election of the Speaker, rules of the House (2/3 majority), procedural motions and committee membership.
  3. In legislative session you will have proportional representation since each member will have one vote for each vote received on the second count of the ballots.
  4. No party lists since your still voting for the Member of Parliament of your choice. One MP represents the majority vote in a riding and the other MP the main minority vote.
  5. No major revision of the electoral map. Ridings should only be altered when the number of electors in a riding is 50% or less of the number of electors in the largest riding. Each election few if any ridings will change. This will mitigate the political fighting over riding boundaries or size for the purpose of any real or imagined partisan gain.
  6. An incentive to vote since the more votes an MP gets the more votes they have on voting on legislation. Also ridings will increase their voting strength in the Assembly if their voting turn out is higher than the average.
  7. All votes do count! If your first choice doesn’t get elected then one of the two candidates who did get elected will get to vote your vote because of the preference ballot.

   If the dual electoral system were to be used it would have to be decided what the maximum size of the legislative assembly should be. PEI’s legislative assembly currently has 27 seats. If an Assembly of 30 members were set this would give you 15 electoral ridings. This gives an 11% increase in the number of members and an 80% increase in the size of the ridings.

One can easily try it before you buy it! The PEI legislative assembly could establish the Assembly advisory council.  The top two candidates for each riding would be appointed giving you a council of 54 members. In regular session each member has one vote. In each riding the other candidates transfer their votes to one of the appointed candidates for that riding. When added to their own this becomes the number of votes they get to cast when the advisory council votes in legislative session. The council in regular session advises the Speaker of the Assembly on procedural motions and when in legislative session advises whether a bill should be adopted and passed.

Of all the provinces and the federal government PEI has the most stable 2 party system and thus is the most suited to try the Dual Electoral System. As for this last Quebec election here are the results.

Election

Party

Vote

Seats

Dual

Leg Vote

2012

PQ

32%

54

93

25% / 50%

Lib

31%

50

80

20% / 40%

CAQ

27%

19

72

17% / 34%

QS

6%

2

4

1% / 2%

ON

1%

0

1

<1%