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The Reverend Vincent Murnaghan Memorial Scholarship

Democracy

 

Electoral Reform

Cooper Institute has been involved in electoral reform since involvement in the "Yes" side of the 2005 PEI plebiscite on Mixed Member Proportional (MMP) as a model for proportional representation. Shortly after the plebiscite when voters rejected MMP, for various reasons, members of the "yes" and "no" sides agreed to keep the issue of electoral reform alive by forming the Electoral Reform Committee which organized a workshop in the Fall of 2006. Out of that workshop came the formation of an Electoral Reform Working Group which met over the winter.

The mandate of the Working Group was to develop recommendations for PEI's own Citizen's Assembly on Electoral Reform and to organize a public workshop on these recommendations for the Fall of 2007.

The following is a tentative description of the mission of the Citizens' Assembly according to the working group. The PEI Citizens' Assembly is a group of Islanders, randomly selected to reflect the composition of the Island voting population, established by [government mandate].The role of the Citizens' Assembly is to assess systems for electing MLAs with a view to recommending either maintaining the existing model or adopting an alternative model. The Citizens' Assembly will fulfill this role through a process of learning, public consultation and deliberation.

An action following from the October 27 workshop was to send Premier Ghiz a report of the workshop and a letter requesting the Premier's response relating to his election platform in which is found the following commitment: A Liberal Government will put Islanders first by...establishing a Citizens assembly to undertake broader consideration


Proportional Representation


On June 3. 2015, Cooper Institute took the initiative to form a coalition supporting proportional representation in PEI.  The work began with three people which led the formation of small diverse group to act as an organizing committee (now 17 people) known as the Proportional Representation Reference Group. The Reference Group has held 28 organizational meetings to-date.

The first major step was the formation of the PEI Coalition for Proportional Representation on September 9, 2016. The Coalition consists of 13 community-based organizations and over 100 individuals.

PR Reference Group organized five participatory workshops over the past year and participated in all the consultations/presentation of the Special Committee on Democratic Renewal and engaged in communications with Special Committee on particular issues. The Reference Group had excellent media coverage with approximately 16 different presentations, including one media conference. Social media was established and is active at https://peipr. The Group published a brochure outlining the purpose and functioning of the PEI Coalition for Proportional Representation, put together a number of short videos on PR.

In April, 2016 the PEI Action Team organized, became a member of the Coalition, designed a campaign and initiated some community events.

 

Cooper Institute Presentation to Special Committee on Democratic Renewal


You can read the submission made by Cooper Institute here.

Social Justice Forum - 2015

In November, Proportional Representation was the topic of our second annual Social Justice Symposium. You can read the report, including the presentation by guest speaker Mark Greenan, here.