Oct 16, 2021

By Jeremy Logan

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Ontario Liberal Leader Steven Del Duca is pledging a ranked ballot system for provincial elections, and staking his leadership on it.

Del Duca is set to tell his party’s annual general meeting Sunday that if the Liberals win the June 2022 election, he will ensure future provincial votes are run by ranked ballots.

He’s also promising to reinstate the option for municipalities.

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

Del Duca’s speech – a copy of which was obtained by The Canadian Press – says that people are looking for change coming out of the pandemic, and ranked ballots will reward parties who find common ground.

The Progressive Conservative government scrapped ranked-ballot voting as an option for municipalities last year.

Premier Doug Ford, who was elected leader of his party using ranked balloting, defended the decision to uphold the current system, saying it would prevent voter confusion.

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