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1. Educate

We educate the public on the shortcomings of our current electoral system. Learn what's wrong.


2. Discuss

We call for a democratic process to discuss which electoral system would be best for Canada. Learn about other electoral systems.


3. Reform

We meet and organize to change the electoral system, within and between referendums

2.5 million votes send no one to Queen's Park

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

Ottawa area candidates pledge support for proportional representation

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:

NCR provincial election candidates who have signed the pledge so far

Provincial candidates in NCR and party leaders who have singed the pledge as of 2014/06/03:

Ottawa-Centre

  • Kevin O'Donnell (GPO)
  • Larry Wasslen (Communist)

Ottawa-Orleans

  • Bob Bell (GPO)

Ottawa-South:

  • Bronwyn Funiciello (NPD)
  • Matt Lakatos-Hayward (GPO)
  • Espoir Manirambona (Communist)

Ottawa-Vanier:

  • Dave Bagler (GPO)
  • Hervé Ngamby (NDP)

Ottawa West--Neapan:

How would proportional representation work in the Ottawa area?

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.
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The right of representation belongs to all

In response to:
http://www.ottawacitizen.com/opinion/editorials/Ranked+ballots+fair+elec...

The Citizen's editorial of February 28th titled "Ranked ballots and fair elections" makes two points that require rectification.

The editorial's premise is that "Every electoral system creates winners and losers". The fact is that proportional voting systems create a lot more winners than losers. Up to 84% of voters can be represented under a single transferable vote system. That number climbs to nearly 95% with mixed-member systems.

Joyce Murray at Fair Vote NCR chapter AGM 2013

Notice to Members

Notice of Annual General Meeting

Fair Vote Canada, National Capital Chapter

Date: Tuesday, September 17th, 2013
Time: Doors open at 6:30 PM, event starts at 7:00 PM
Location: Sandy Hill Community Centre, 250 Somerset Street East, Ottawa

You are invited to the Annual General Meeting of Fair Vote Canada’s National Capital Chapter. The AGM is taking place during Democracy Week and will feature information on Fair Vote Canada’s Parliament Hill event taking place two days later on September 19th.

Which Ottawa South candidates support proportional representation? – We asked

Dear supporters,

Which Ottawa South candidates support proportional representation? We asked on your behalf. The following candidates have signed Fair Vote Canada’s politician’s pledge:

Please take the time to write a quick email to thank them for their support.

Slides for presentation "A primer on voting systems"

Attached are the slides (PDF, Libre Office) used for a presentation "A primer on voting systems". In it I describe the shortcomings of Canada's current voting system, two proportional systems often suggested as alternatives and a brief mention of AV/IRV as a non-proportional system. I even took the time to graph the 13-turn Single Transferable Vote election of Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Nothing silly about proper representation

Mr. Desjardins definition of democracy is only half complete (The Hill Times, Monday April 29th, p. 8). In a democracy, the right of representation belong to all. The preferential ballot on its own (often referred to as "Alternative Vote" or "Instant Runoff") does nothing to restore representation.

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