Ontario Election: Where Does Each Party Stand On Political Reform?

An in-depth look at where each party in Ontario stands on the political reform. This is a part of our 2018 Election Hub.

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Click on any of the party names to view our platform breakdown for that party.

Political reform is never fully out of the picture in an election. However, in this Ontario general election, none of the major parties are making any such proposals. It seems that they just have too many other pressing issues to worry about. Proponents of electoral reform will just have to wait until another election to catch voters’ attention.

Voices for electoral reform in Ontario have only gotten quieter and quieter since the 2007 referendum

Click on any of the party names to view our platform breakdown for that party.

Liberal Party

No specific platform points on this topic.

Progressive Conservative Party

No specific platform points on this topic.

New Democratic Party

No specific platform points on this topic.

Green Party

No specific platform points on this topic. However, the Green Party is traditionally a strong proponent of a proportional electoral system with both local and at-large MPPs.

Libertarian Party

The Libertarian Party wants to strengthen private property, and give the government less control over private property. For example, they would allow restaurant/bar owners to allow smoking anywhere on their property, and would eliminate restrictions on off-grid solar installations.

The Libertarian Party would also have Queen’s Park renew all provincial legislation every 5 years, and make its members subject to recall legislation. They would also put certain decisions to a referendum, including any tax-related changes.

None of the Above Party

It is unclear whether they would attempt to move to a non-partisan system. While there is no express goal of eliminating the party system, their policies would seemingly make party affiliations superficial.

Trillium Party

The Trillium Party is against whipped votes, and makes various promises to dictate policy using “common sense”, and prioritizing the interests, input, and property rights of citizens and their families. These are all things that the government, at least nominally, already does. Like many smaller parties, they want there to be a system of binding referenda on certain singular and important issues (direct democracy).

They would ban those “responsible for the enforcement” of laws, like those employed by police or certain ministries for example, from running for office. They would also reform policing, such that practices are less interventionary and hiring is stricter, even conducting psychological examinations of recruits.

Currently, the power to create regulations is delegated by the legislature to the executive. The Trillium Party would instead require regulations to be debated by the house. This would certainly overburden the legislature, as all the different regulations managed by all the ministries would have to be discussed in Queen’s Park, one after another.


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Mika Ryu

Law student at Western University, and UofT graduate in economics and linguistics. Remember that your version of the world is always too simple.

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