All Elected Members of Parliament
Form the Government
House of Commons
The House of Commons will have 263 elected members (a 15% reduction from the 2011 number of 308). Members are no longer allocated just by province, rather by regionally similar areas.
The allocation is as follows:
British Columbia - 31 - 11.7%
Alberta - 24 - 9.1%
Prairies and Northern Ontario - 48 - 18.5%
South & Eastern Ontario - 65 - 25%
Urban Quebec - 43 - 16.2%
Rural Quebec & Labrador - 23 - 8.8%
Atlantic - 26 - 9.7%
Territories - 3 - 1.0%
Every member has a role in the government and will be responsible for managing their projects throughout the Engaged Democracy process. The role of a member of the House of Commons is to stay with a project(s) from start to finish, in order to ensure consistency and to keep the process moving.
Members are not permitted to attempt to influence policy.
Under the Engaged Democracy system, and well into the future, regionalization is abandoned completely. Citizens will have access to all Members based on their preferences, not their location.
The Senate will have 38 elected members (a 64% reduction from the current 105). Members are nominated by House of Commons members.
Once the nomination is accepted, the individual is then voted upon by the general public. There are no longer appointed Senators.
The Senate is regionally segmented equally, but not proportionately.
The allocation is as follows:
British Columbia - 5
Alberta - 5
Prairies and Northern Ontario - 5
South & Eastern Ontario - 5
Urban Quebec - 5
Rural Quebec & Labrador - 5
Atlantic - 5
Territories - 3
The Prime Minister
There is a two-step election process for selecting the Prime Minister of Canada.
The first step is to receive a nomination from the members of the combined Senate and the House of Commons. It would be expected that the nominee would usually be individuals from either the House or the Senate.
There must be at least three nominees for an election to be conducted. If there are not multiple candidates nominated, then an election will not be held.
However, being in the House or Senate is not a prerequisite to be a candidate. Any citizen in Canada is eligible to be Prime Minister. The Senate and House however, must still nominate the individual.
The second step is to receive the vote of the citizens of Canada through the traditional voting methodology. However, the PM must receive 60% total approval to be considered elected to the position. As there has to be more than one candidate running to be PM, a system of voting whereby the candidate with the lowest total number of votes will be removed from the ballot. Any candidate that does not receive at least 5% on any ballot is automatically eliminated from contention.
While in office, the Prime Minister, receives continuous approval ratings from the citizens. The Prime Minister can be removed from their position and be recalled at any time if approval ratings drop below 60% for a predesignated period of time. That person can then offer to run again if they choose.
The on-line component of EDDIE is accessible all the time.
Members of the House of Commons and Senate can work from wherever the choose. They are not expected to be on-line and working 24 hours a day, but when involved in directly managing the Engaged Democracy process, they are expected to be available regularly during that period.
The Parliament buildings will likely become obsolete. There will be no question periods, or media scrums and Members will continue to work from wherever they choose, so a central location is not required.
The building and grounds would not be destroyed of course, rather re purposed.
Members of the House of Commons will receive $250,000/year. There will be no expenses associated with the performance of their role.
Senators will make $400,000/year. As the role of the Senator changes dramatically in the Engaged Democracy system, a dramatic salary increase is required. Senators are to be considered the best and brightest political minds that Canada has to offer in the Public Service. Senators can only reach their position after serving in the House of Commons.
The Prime Minister of Canada will earn $334,800/year, plus performance expenses are covered and housing is provided.
Like most other Canadians, elected members will get a salary and that is the extent of their income. There will be no expenses at all. They are considered employees of the government of Canada.
The salary determination is considered generous in order to attract qualified candidates to the House of Commons. The goal is to make being a member of the House of Commons or Senate an aspirational role that people would want to have and keep. Being generously compensated is part of that effort.
As a comparison, the base salary in 2015 for a member of the House of Commons is $167,400/year, plus a litany of expenses and bonuses for members with positions.
The Prime Minister of Canada earns $334,800 (regular salary x 2), plus expenses and housign.
The base salary for a Senator is $138,700 plus another stipend for expenses.
As there are less sitting members in both houses, total costs would be reduced dramatically. Budgeting for the operations of Parliament would be much simpler as well. Also, members of both Houses are not required to locate to Ottawa so all housing expenses are eliminated.
Members will no longer have full-time staff. The appointed and hired bureaucracy will be eliminated over time as those positions become filled by citizens contributing to the Engaged Democracy process.