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NDP caucus legislation - An Act to Rejuvenate and Modernize the Democratic Process in Ontario - Ontario Model Parliament 2013

NDP caucus legislation - An Act to Rejuvenate and Modernize the Democratic Process in Ontario - Ontario Model Parliament 2013

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#omp2013 This is the Young New Democrats of Ontario's legislation from the 2013 Ontario Model Parliament.

#omp2013 This is the Young New Democrats of Ontario's legislation from the 2013 Ontario Model Parliament.

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 () Session (2013) 41
Legislature, Ontario
An Act to Rejuvenate and Modernize the DemocraticProcess in Ontario
Private Member’s Bill
Reading;February 1
, 2013Royal Assent
Her Majesty, by and with the advice and consent of the Legislative Assembly of the Province of Ontario, enacts as follows:
Short Title: This act may be referred to as The “Rejuvenating Democracy Act”.
 1. An Act to Amend the Ontario Election Act (Mandatory Voting)(1.1) The Act is amended by making the following additions and changes to theappropriate sections of the act;(1.1)1. An Elector shall vote at each election.(1.1)2. Ballots shall contain, after the names of the registered candidates, the
words “None of the candidates”.
An Elector shall have the right to select “None of the candidates” or spoil
the ballot instead of selecting any of the registered candidates.(1.1)4. An Elector shall have
the right to use a special ballot by writing “None of the candidates” in place of the name of a registered candidate.
(1.1)4.1. No special ballot shall be rejected simply for the reason that the
elector has incorrectly written the words “None of the
idates” if the ballot clearly indicates the elector’s intent
 (1.1)5. Every Elector who contravenes the first addition stipulated by this act(obligation to vote) is guilty of an offence unless the Elector;(1.1)5.1. was outside the Province of Ontario on election day; or(1.1)5.2. was not eligible to vote at the election; or(1.1)5.3. establishes, to the satisfaction of the Chief Electoral Officer,that the Elector had a valid reason not to vote at the election.(1.1)5.3.1. These valid reasons shall include, but not be limited toor by the following; travel, illness, and religious orspiritual objections.(1.1)6. Every Elector who is guilty of an offence under the preceding section shallbe guilty of a summary offence and subject to a fine of $25.00(1.1)7. Any fines collected under the provisions of this act shall be usedexclusively by Elections Ontario for the purpose of making it easier forElectors in polls with the lowest turnout to vote in proceeding elections2. An Act to Amend the Ontario Election Act (Mixed Member Proportional RepresentationSystem)(2.1)1. The Act is amended to replace Ontario's current First Past the Post electoralsystem with a Mixed Member Proportional electoral system.(2.2) Ontario shall conduct six regional elections simultaneously on Election Day.These regions shall be:(2.2)1. The Eastern Region, comprised of the current ridings of:Carleton-Mississippi Mills, Glengarry-Prescott-Russell,Kingston and the Islands, Lanark-Frontenac-Lennox &Addington, Leeds-Grenville, Nepean-Carleton, Ottawa Centre,Ottawa-Orleans, Ottawa South, Ottawa-Vanier, Ottawa West-Nepean, Prince Edward-Hastings, Renfrew-Nipissing-Pembroke, Stormont-Dundas-South Glengarry
(2.2)2. The East Central Region, comprised of the current ridings of:Ajax-Pickering, Barrie, Durham, Haliburton-Kawartha Lakes-Brock, Markham-Unionville, Newmarket-Aurora,Northumberland-Quinte West, Oak Ridges-Markham, Oshawa,Peterborough, Richmond Hill, Simcoe-Grey, Simcoe North,Thornhill, Vaughan, Whitby-Oshawa, York-Simcoe(2.2)3. The Northern Region, comprised of the current ridings of:Algoma-Manitoulin, Kenora-Rainy River, Nickel Belt,Nipissing, Parry Sound-Muskoka, Sault Ste. Marie, Sudbury,Thunder Bay-Atikokan, Thunder Bay-Superior North,Timiskaming-Cochrane, Timmins-James Bay(2.2)4. The South-Western Region, comprised of the current ridingsof: Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound, Cambridge, Chatham-Kent-Essex, Elgin-Middlesex-London, Essex, Guelph, Huron-Bruce,Kitchener Centre, Kitchener-Conestoga, Kitchener-Waterloo,Lambton-Kent-Middlesex, London-Fanshawe, London NorthCentre, London West, Oxford, Perth-Wellington, Sarnia-Lambton, Wellington-Halton Hills, Windsor-Tecumseh,Windsor West(2.2)5. The Metro Toronto Region, comprised of the current ridingsof: Beaches-East York, Davenport, Don Valley East, DonValley West, Eglinton-Lawrence, Etobicoke Centre,Etobicoke-Lakeshore, Etobicoke North, Parkdale-High Park,Pickering-Scarborough East, Scarborough-Agincourt,Scarborough Centre, Scarborough-Guildwood, Scarborough-Rouge River, Scarborough Southwest, St. Paul
s, TorontoCentre, Toronto-Danforth, Trinity-Spadina, Willowdale, York Centre, York South-Weston, York West(2.2)6. The West Central Region, comprised of the current ridings of:Ancaster-Dundas-Flamborough-Westdale, Bramalea-Gore-Malton, Brampton-Springdale, Brampton West, Brant,Burlington, Dufferin-Caledon, Haldimand-Norfolk, Halton,Hamilton Centre, Hamilton East-Stoney Creek, HamiltonMountain, Mississauga-Brampton South, Mississauga East
Cooksville, Mississauga-Erindale, Mississauga South,Mississauga-Streetsville, Niagara Falls, Niagara West-Glanbrook, Oakville, St. Catharines, Welland(2.2)7. No region shall represent less than 10% of the seats in the legislature. Theminimum amount of extra seats will be given to a region to reach thisthreshold, should they be required.(2.3) Candidates and Regional Extras(2.3)1. Candidates will be democratically elected by party membership in eachriding, as it is set out in current legislation.(2.3)2. The runner-up in each riding association
s nomination meeting shall be
deemed a "Regional Extra”. Their name shall appear on the ballot
alongside the Candidate
s name and their party.

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