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
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) email@example.com
- Bronwyn Funiciello (NDP) firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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.
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).
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."