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
Question 2 of the town halls have been:
What specific features are important to you in our electoral system? Local representation, proportionality, simplicity, legitimacy, inclusiveness, effectiveness?
It’s easy to say « all of them ». Here is question 2 broken down into sub questions that contrast the various options in designing a voting system:
- Should the legislature have some proportionality or not? If not, are you aware the last time a majority government was elected by a majority of voters was in 1984?
On Thursday 9th of June, MP Kerry Diotte (Edmonton Griesbach) published the "10 good reasons to keep our voting system as is". If a politician confuses voting system like in point #4 and #6, I think it proves the difficulty of having an informed electorate in a pre-implementation referendum.
The governing Liberals insist we must have a new system of voting for future federal elections. Here are 10 reasons why this is a very bad idea:
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.
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?
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.
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")**.