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
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
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:
Provincial candidates in NCR and party leaders who have singed the pledge as of 2014/06/03:
- Kevin O'Donnell (GPO)
- Larry Wasslen (Communist)
- Bob Bell (GPO)
- Bronwyn Funiciello (NPD)
- Matt Lakatos-Hayward (GPO)
- Espoir Manirambona (Communist)
- Dave Bagler (GPO)
- Hervé Ngamby (NDP)
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.
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.
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 on your behalf. The following candidates have signed Fair Vote Canada’s politician’s pledge:
- Taylor Howarth (Green) firstname.lastname@example.org
- Bronwyn Funiciello (NDP) email@example.com
Please take the time to write a quick email to thank them for their support.
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.
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.