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
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")**.
See also http://www.fairvotecanadancr.ca/?q=node/102 for videos on these 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
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 20, 2015 – Ottawa, ON
Following an election in which 9,093,630 (51.8%) votes went nowhere, Justin Trudeau has a golden opportunity to bring a more democratic voting system to Canada.
Liberals won a majority with 39.5% of the popular vote and more than half of all voters were unable to cast an effective ballot. They now will wait another four years to have the opportunity to elect a representative aligned with their values – or not.
Based on the election day late-night vote tally, 284,915 votes in Ottawa-Gatineau sent no one to Parliament Hill (46,8% of all votes cast). Had the seats for Ottawa’s representatives been allocated in proportional to the percentage of votes received by each party, the national capital would have sent 4 Liberals, 3 Conservatives and 1 New Democrats, instead of 6 Liberals and 1 Conservative. The Outaouais would have sent 2 Liberals and 1 New Democrat instead of 3 Liberals.