Proportional what?

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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

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Presentation notes

I have been doing many presentation on voting systems. Here are my presentation notes:

The slides are available in PDF format in English and in French.

Chapter AGM: Opposition Critics Nathan Cullen and Scott Reid on Electoral Reform in 2016

Date: Monday May 2nd.
Time: Doors open at 6:30 PM, event starts at 7 PM.
Where: Tom Brown Arena, 141 Bayview Road, Ottawa, Ontario
RSVP: NCR@fairvote.ca or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/events/291642261166730/

Proportional voting systems maitain local or near-local representation

Re: "Avoiding a referendum on electoral reform would be Trudeau’s first error" (http://news.nationalpost.com/news/canada/christopher-flavelle-avoiding-a...)

Wow! One can tell the national post really doesn't want equal and effective voting. They've been featuring referendum advocates for the past month.

Referendum advocates: happily ignoring the real question

Re: The Liberal government does not have the right to unilaterally change our voting system (http://news.nationalpost.com/full-comment/rex-murphy-the-liberal-governm...)

The referendum argument is a straw man's argument which conveniently ignores the real discussion that must happen: is our voting system legitimate (did we have a referendum on FPTP)? Does it treat voters equally?

BC voted for PR

Though Mr. Honickman offers a somewhat balanced view of the matter, he is factually wrong on one point in his piece "The people need their say on proportional representation" (November 13, 2015 1:02 PM ET). I'd also debate him on a few more points.

In proportional representation, all candidates face voters

Dear editor,

David Melnick spreads one huge wrong fact about proportional voting systems, along with the usual fear mongering, in his opinion piece on November 3rd 2015 ("Proportional representation would thwart democracy")**.

Videos on PR systems

An exciting time. We are seeing lots of question on PR in Facebook and elsewhere. Different voting systems are on the table. The reality is, voting systems can really be customized and there isn't just one proportional alternative. Here is a few:

The 4 families of voting system

For a broad overview of voting systems around the world, both proportional and not, see "The 4 families of voting system" produced by the Ontario Citizens Assembly in 2007: http://www.citizensassembly.gov.on.ca/billy-ballot-new/pick_lang.html

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