Liberal leader Raj Sherman takes part in the media scrum after the Leader's Debate at Global Studios in Edmonton on Thursday, April 12, 2012.
Credits: CODIE MCLACHLAN/QMI AGENCY
On the front steps of Premier Alison Redford's Calgary base of operations, the downtown McDougall Centre, Sherman's latest announcement on the campaign trail Sunday was on improving democracy and rebuilding Albertans' trust -- starting with changing the same election system he'll soon rely on.
Sherman wants a preferential balloting system, where voters choose their first, second and third favourites instead of checking off one, with candidate votes being redistributed as they're defeated until someone has 50%.
"Currently, it's possible to become an MLA if you only get 30% of the vote and even if you're the last choice for 70% of the voters," he said. "That doesn't make sense."
Calling the current Progressive Conservative government complacent and lazy, Sherman said there would also be a swift series of changes to how the business of politics is done under a red reign.
He proposes a single transparent paycheque for elected officials, fewer elected officials, capped transition allowances, and cuts to tax-free allowances and premier and cabinet wages.
Also, fixed election dates not at the whim of the ruling party depending on its current popularity, he said.
"We have a legislature of 87 MLAs (and) my question is has that given Albertans better government?" he said. "I'd say no."
"A new Liberal government would reduce the number of seats to 68, or double the numbers of MPs that we have."