So the McGuinty government is moving - slowly - on electoral reform in Ontario. Yippee. But a few people seem genuinely angry that the law as proposed would require 60% approval before we adopt any changes. I don't get it - we aren't tinkering around here, we're talking about a major change to the way we do democracy in Ontario - one that, if it gets even close to electoral justice, would probably add the Greens to the Ontario legislature, increase the seat count for the NDP, and deny the Liberals and the Tories majority governments for the rest of time.
It's understandable that the Liberals are not wild about that idea, but I think people need to understand how big a change this is, especially for it to occur in Canada's most important province (take that, everyone else!) This should require a super-majority of some kind, and 60% support is at least more likely to occur than 66%, or 75%.
And frankly, the Westminster system is so antiquated I will all but certainly vote for whatever proposal is actually made - almost anything would be better than what we've got now.
One thing I would really, really like not to see the Libs and Tories (or their helpers) engage in FUD tactics when the referendum comes around - that's what we've got the Globe and the Post for. In BC, Wikipedia says the government stayed neutral in the referendum, something that makes no sense to me - Campbell ran on reform, announced the referendum, then stepped back? If you're serious about reform, then let's see something as radical as advocating the position you've already said you support. Dimwits.
Memo to McGuinty: If you actually support reform in Ontario, let's see you come off the sidelines and endorse the proposal when it's made. As I said, it's bound to be better than the status quo.