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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
OTTAWA (April 20, 2015) – The National Capital Chapter of Fair Vote Canada (FVC) today announced that Anita Vandenbeld, the Liberal Party of Canada candidate for the federal riding of Ottawa West– Nepean, has 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.
As an advocate for my (along with 7 million other Canadians) vote to actually count, I often run into Italy and Israel as an argument against proportional representation.
Currently, most OECD countries use some form of PR system. Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Iceland, Luxembourg, New Zealand, Netherlands, Norway, Scotland, Sweden, and Switzerland all use proportional representation and they are all doing just fine.
Letter sent to NCR MPs who voted in favor of Craig Scott's motion on PR
To: David McGuinty , Françoise Boivin , Mathieu.Ravignat , Mauril Bélanger , Nycole Turmel , Paul Dewar
Cc: Scott Simms , Justin Trudeau , Craig Scott , Tom Mulcair
Dear NCR MPs,
Dear MPs of the NCR,
A motion will be introduced tomorrow by the member for Toronto–Danforth, Craig Scott, calling on the House to ensure that the votes of Canadians are effectively translated into proper representation in our national legislature:
That, in the opinion of the House: (a) the next federal election
should be the last conducted under the current first-past-the-post
electoral system which has repeatedly delivered a majority of seats to
parties supported by a minority of voters, or under any other
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.