What do we do?
We educate the public on the shortcomings of our current electoral system. Learn what's wrong.
We call for a democratic process to discuss which electoral system would be best for Canada. Learn about other electoral systems.
We meet and organize to change the electoral system, within and between referendums
An idea for electoral reform that has generated some interest in political circles and the media over the last 12 months or so is that of "ranked ballots" otherwise known as preferential voting. While ranked ballots can be used to good effect depending upon the circumstances and on how it is implemented, the model being advocated by the current lobby is a close cousin of our current first-past-the-post system, properly called the Alternative Vote mechanism (AV). In Ontario, pro-AV lobby groups have appeared in Toronto and other Ontario cities, including Ottawa.
Fred Twilley presents "Instant Runoff Elections" and "Preferential Ballot" as a compromise (Many options for democratic renewal, Oct 7th 2014).
But it is no compromise.
Save the date: Thursday, September 18th, 7:00 P.M.
Annual General Meeting, Fair Vote Canada, National Capital Chapter
Doors open at 6:30 P.M., speakers at approximately 7:45 P.M.
Location: Sandy Hill Community Centre, 250 Somerset Street East, Ottawa
Come out and participate in this Democracy Week event, featuring a discussion about Democratic Reform on Parliament Hill.
(some names have been withheld or changed as this was a private correspondence)
My name is Julien Lamarche and I am president of the NCR chapter of
Fair Vote Canada. John Smith, a Fair Vote volunteer, forwarded me
your message and inquired how he could reply. I offered to reply
directly and cc:him as well as the Fair Vote national office as it
simplifies communication. I have also included FVC national
councilor Wilf Day as he is our foremost expert on voting systems.
I, along with Fair Vote Canada, are very glad that the Liberal party
Here's some numbers for what the real story of the elections should be. I'm waiting on voter turnout results to finalize the press release. However, national office has published this press release
- An increase of 1% voter support from 2011 handed a single party with 38.5% support 100% power. See Fair Vote Canada's press release
The National Capital Chapter of Fair Vote Canada today announced the names of local candidates who have signed Fair Vote Canada’s Politicians’ Pledge. The pledge affirms the candidate’s support for proportional representation (PR) and commits the candidate to work toward electoral reform if elected. All registered candidates for the June 12 Ontario provincial election from the Ottawa area’s seven ridings were invited to sign the pledge.
The candidates who have signed the pledge are:
Provincial candidates in NCR and party leaders who have singed the pledge as of 2014/06/03:
- Kevin O'Donnell (GPO)
- Larry Wasslen (Communist)
- Bob Bell (GPO)
- Bronwyn Funiciello (NPD)
- Matt Lakatos-Hayward (GPO)
- Espoir Manirambona (Communist)
- Dave Bagler (GPO)
- Hervé Ngamby (NDP)
Wilf Day has written a blog piece about How would proportional representation work in the Ottawa area?
In 2011 those voters elected four Conservative MPs, and only three others. Yet those voters cast only 42% of votes for Conservatives, 31% Liberals, 23% New Democrats, and 4% Greens. If every vote counted equally, on those votes on the 2015 boundaries Conservative voters would elect three MPs, Liberal voters three MPs, and New Democrat voters two MPs.