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What do we do?

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

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.

The right of representation belongs to all

In response to:

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.

Get more politicians to sign the pledge!

Dear supporters,

The National Capital Region Chapter of Fair Vote Canada is having its first letter-writing event Wednesday April 3rd 2013 at 6:30 PM. The aim is to bring FVC members together to write letters to their elected representatives or party leaders.

Come and connect with like-minded individuals while carrying out the core mission of our organization: lobbying to change the voting system. Our representatives and their leaders, regardless of political stripe, need to hear that electoral system reform is important to you.

PR used in most OECD countries

Mr. Nicholls may not consider himself part of the “intelligentsia”, but that does not excuse him from acquiring a minimum of knowledge before making a critique. In ten words, he makes two mistakes (“Intelligentsia disappointed with democracy”, The Hill Times, February 4th 2013, p.9).

Fair Vote Canada NCR Chapter executives support proportional representation (referendum option A)

Following the announcement of a referendum on the Alternative Vote by Fair Vote Canada's National Council, the undersigned members of the National Capital Region (Ottawa - Gatineau) Chapter executives have released the following statement.

Elected members of the National Capital Region (NCR) Chapter executive are in favour of option A, that is "Fair Vote Canada's mandate is to promote Proportional Representation and that Fair Vote Canada only support systems that are proportional, at all levels of government."

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