The Atlantica Party calls for all votes in the Nova Scotia Legislature to be free votes.
Like free speech, voting in the Legislature should be completely free. Without free voting, our democracy is a sham since party interests come before the people's interests. Currently, MLAs have their vote dictated by party functionaries, or they face discipline, including denial of caucus posts, committee positions, travel and all kinds of legislative, budgetary and constituency favours. There is also the risk of not having nomination papers signed, a premature end to a political career and expulsion from the party.
In his fifteen years in politics, Graham Steele said he could only recall a handful of times when an MLA heroically voted against their party since, as he said, "punishment follows." The Atlantica Party believes it essential to break party discipline and allow MLAs to represent their constituents. This will empower citizens and make MLAs genuinely accountable.
The most effective way of doing this is to make every vote in the Legislature a free vote. "The Atlantica Party believes that all MLAs must be free to put the wishes of their constituents and the needs of Nova Scotia ahead of party interest," said Jonathan Dean, Leader of the Atlantica Party. "As Leader, I will allow all Atlantica Party MLAs to vote freely."
Free voting is part of the Atlantica Party's Political Revolution platform.
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The Atlantica Party was established in 2006 to promote a political revolution in Nova Scotia to fix our broken political system and empower the voter. It is the only political alternative committed to making Nova Scotia a "have" province.