All these fixed date election laws still mean the political monarch (PM) can have early elections or in a minority situation the opposition can trigger early elections. Ditch the Westminster system and have fixed date election on a set election day just the same as our municipal governments.
Separate out the vote for the executive in a confidence ballot which asks “Which of these councils-designate has your confidence to form the Council of Ministers in the next Parliament?” The leaders of the 4 parties with the most popular vote in the last election are called upon to form these councils-designate. Two ballots, one to elect the executive and one to elect the MP. Just like our municipal elections, a ballot to elect the mayor and a ballot to elect the municipal councillor.
Without electing the government have the House of Commons or Legislative Assembly elect the government right at the start of Parliament. After the members are swore in and the election of the Speaker put the question to the members “Which of these councils-designate has your confidence to form the Council of Ministers in this Parliament?” The four most endorsed nominees for PM are called upon to form these councils-designates. Winner forms the Council of Minsters and the runner up the Council of Opposition and they serve for the duration of that Parliament. No confidence motions and only a motion of governmental dismissal can bring down a government. This motion must name a nominee to become the new PM and the motion takes an absolute 2/3 majority to pass. No member in the preceding cabinet can be in the new one. Individual minsters including the PM can still be removed from office at any time by a motion of dismissal that requires a 2/3 majority vote with quorum.
A set election day of say the last Monday in October and fixed terms for the Parliament of Canada and the Provincial Legislatures. Federal elections to be in 2015 and every 4 years after and provincially 2017 and every 4 years after. All municipal elections are to be held only in even numbered years.
Here’s an idea for Premier Prentice. This is a proposed policy resolution.
Non-voting members of the House of Commons
Under the standing orders of the House of Commons there shall be created a class of members called House delegates who can motion and debate but have no seat on any committee and no vote in the House of Commons.
Be it resolved
Delegates can be created by an absolute two-thirds majority vote (206) of the Commons. These delegates have a term of office for the duration of that parliament. A House delegate called a Member-emeritus can be created by an absolute three quarters majority vote (231) of the Commons. A Member-emeritus serves for the duration of five parliaments starting with the one in which they are created. All Speakers of the House become a Member-emeritus for life in the Parliament after they retire.
Be it further resolved
There shall be ex-official House delegates who are any member of the Council of Ministers or the Council of Opposition who does not have a seat in the House of Commons. Furthermore both the Prime Minister and the Leader of the Opposition shall only be House delegates. If they are members of the House of Commons at the time of appointment as Prime minister or Leader of the opposition they then shall resign that seat in the House of Commons. Also if any leader of an official political party does not have a seat in the House of Commons they shall become a delegate member of the Commons. The status of an official political party shall be granted to any party, which got 5% or more of the popular vote in the last election or who has 1% or more of the membership in the House of Commons.
By appointment as Premier of Alberta Mr. Prentice also becomes an Assembly delegate in the Alberta legislature. As for his idea for terms limits from the Federalist party’s constitution and Bylaws.
11.0 The Party shall hold a leadership election no earlier then 3 years after the last vote and no later then 6 years after the last leadership election. The winner is elected Leader of the Party and the runner-up as the Deputy leader.
11.1 It is a vote in the National Congress in regular session that sets the month for the leadership vote. The Leader may serve at most 3 terms as Leader of the Party.
That members of the Federalist party be barred from running for the party’s nomination for the House of Commons if they have served as an MP in 6 Parliaments or have been the Federalist’s candidate 8 times.