Oct 18, 2021

By Jane Brown

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Ontario’s Liberal leader is making some early promises ahead of next June’s provincial election.

Steven Del Duca says if he becomes premier, he would launch a pilot project to analyze the potential for a four day work week, which would allow employees to clock the same number of hours over four days instead of five.

He announced the proposal Sunday afternoon during a keynote address at the Ontario Liberal Party’s Annual General Meeting here in Toronto.

Del Duca is also promising to introduce a ranked ballot system for provincial elections.

“Ranked ballots will mean that parties and leaders have to compete for voters’ second choices as well as their first, so it won’t make sense anymore for leaders and parties to demonize one another,” Del Duca explained, “Ranked ballots will reward parties that find common ground and then speak to voters’ hopes, not only their fears. It will make things better for all of us and put power back where it belongs, in the hands of the people.”

And Del Duca says if he doesn’t deliver electoral reform by the end of a first term as premier, he will resign as liberal leader.

The ranked ballot system lets voters rank candidates instead of voting for a single person. If no candidate receives an absolute majority on the first ballot, the last place candidate is eliminated and his or her supporters’ second-choice votes are counted. That continues until one candidate receives more than 50 percent.

In the current widely used first-past-the-post voting system, the candidate who receives the most votes wins, regardless of whether they’re supported by more than 50 percent of voters.

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