About Representation

Which member will I contact if I have concerns - my local member or a list member?

You'll have the option of contacting the local member for your district or any of the list members for the province. You can choose to contact a list member from a particular party, or one who is knowledgeable about your region or about a specific issue that interests you.

Will Ontario citizens have less representation under the new system?

Citizens will gain representation overall through the combination of 90 local members and 39 list members. If you divide the number of Ontarians by 129 representatives, it works out to about 19,000 fewer citizens per representative compared with the current system at 107 seats.

How will the new system affect Ontario's regions, such as Northern and rural areas?

Regional interests will be represented through the 90 local seats and through list members. Parties will have an incentive to include candidates from all regions on their lists in order to attract wide support. In countries with Mixed Member Proportional systems, list members provide additional voices in the legislature for the needs and interests of particular regions. They also provide a voice on issues that are important to all citizens, no matter where they live.

How will the new system affect representation by population?

Representation by population is a legal requirement that each local member represent roughly the same number of voters. In Canada, some variations are permitted to reflect the great variation in population density between urban areas and large Northern areas. The new system does not affect representation by population as it exists in the province today.