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.