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5 THE NO PARTY MLA or MP

Let us assume that there has been an election under new rules. Having laid out their own opinions, and stand on policies, in reply to the questions raised by voters, the voters have chosen their elected representative. The members arrive at their legislature to join those 50% of sitting members whose constituencies would hold their election in 2 years. The first order of business would be for all members to draw for the seat in the legislative body, that they would occupy for the next 2 years. Since all members have equal standing as elected representative, the seating would be of equal standing. Those belonging to the same political party would not be represented as a group. With 50% of the constituencies selecting their representative every 4 years, and with a 2 term limit, there would always be representatives with experience. With the satisfaction and recognition of having served well, probably most members would offer and be elected for a second term.

The next order of business would be the nomination and then election of the person most suited to be Premier or Prime Minister. The selection would probably be the member who had served well as Premier or one who had served well as a leader in a cabinet post or as a leader outside of Government. Ability, instead of popularity or vote getting skills, would presumably be the choice of all members, since they would not be bound by any duty other than to their constituents.

Cabinet members would also be nominated and chosen by how the sitting members evaluate their interests and ability. The Premier as a leader would presumably be influential in the selection, since it would be the premier's responsibility to assure that the Cabinet worked well together for the welfare of the jurisdiction as a whole.

The remaining representatives would form into boards of support for each Cabinet Minister with duties defined to develop special knowledge of the Department, assist as liaison with the public, and consider policy. Committee members would be required to devote time and effort to their committee duties commensurate with their remuneration.

Actual sitting time of the legislative body would be restricted to that required to offer members the opportunity to have final debate on legislation already subjected to consideration by committee and public input. Presumably a few days in a month would suffice, if the foolishness caused by party politics were eliminated from the legislative chamber.

There would be no need to have constituency offices. Their function has been purely political, to help the member be reelected. The public input into policy and legislation is more efficiently brought to the attention of members through modern communications. A member elected after having been properly evaluated by voters need have little interaction with constituents until being reevaluated for possible reelection.

To properly carry out the responsibilities of elected representative, full time should be devoted to those duties. Full and detailed study of new and old legislation, and its administration, should leave no time for anything else. Especially, to their own reelection. It is the responsibility of the electorate to evaluate if the member is earning their paycheck.

This may be a ridiculous scenario. But less ridiculous than the present actions, and inaction, of political party representatives.