Trudeau must fix the voting system: Fair Vote Canada

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.

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284,915 votes in Ottawa-Gatineau sent no one to Parliament Hill (46,8% of all votes cast)

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.

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Over 500 Canadian Academics call on the parties to work together towards a fair and democratic voting system.

On Tuesday September 15, the United Nations Democracy Day, Fair Vote Canada is pleased to announce two initiatives:

500 Canadian Academics, including former Parliamentary Budget Officer, Kevin Page, several Fellows of the Royal Society of Canada, 29 Canada Research Chairs and two Professors with the Order of Canada, have signed an open letter by Professor Peter Russell, calling on all Parties to work together to implement a more proportional voting system

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Liberal candidate Anita Vandenbeld pledges support for proportional representation

OTTAWA (April 20, 2015) – The National Capital Chapter of Fair Vote Canada (FVC) today announced that Anita Vandenbeld, the Liberal Party of Canada candidate for the federal riding of Ottawa West– Nepean, has 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.

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A thank you to NCR MPs who voted in favour of PR

Letter sent to NCR MPs who voted in favor of Craig Scott's motion on PR

To: David McGuinty , Françoise Boivin , Mathieu.Ravignat , Mauril Bélanger , Nycole Turmel , Paul Dewar

Cc: Scott Simms , Justin Trudeau , Craig Scott , Tom Mulcair

Dear NCR MPs,

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Letter to NCR MPs in support of Craig Scott motion

Dear MPs of the NCR,

A motion will be introduced tomorrow by the member for Toronto–Danforth, Craig Scott, calling on the House to ensure that the votes of Canadians are effectively translated into proper representation in our national legislature:

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That, in the opinion of the House: (a) the next federal election
should be the last conducted under the current first-past-the-post
electoral system which has repeatedly delivered a majority of seats to
parties supported by a minority of voters, or under any other

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Fair Vote Canada NCR chapter statement about municipal ranked ballots

An idea for electoral reform that has generated some interest in political circles and the media over the last 12 months or so is that of "ranked ballots" otherwise known as preferential voting. While ranked ballots can be used to good effect depending upon the circumstances and on how it is implemented, the model being advocated by the current lobby is a close cousin of our current first-past-the-post system, properly called the Alternative Vote mechanism (AV). In Ontario, pro-AV lobby groups have appeared in Toronto and other Ontario cities, including Ottawa.

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Alternative Vote not a compromise

In response to: http://www.northernlife.ca/news/letterstotheeditor/2014/10/07-Twilley-democratic-renewal.aspx

Fred Twilley presents "Instant Runoff Elections" and "Preferential Ballot" as a compromise (Many options for democratic renewal, Oct 7th 2014).

But it is no compromise.

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Posters for AGM

Posters are available in English and French.

Lower resolution images for web publishing are also available in English and French.

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Independent Thinking about Democracy

Save the date: Thursday, September 18th, 7:00 P.M.

Annual General Meeting, Fair Vote Canada, National Capital Chapter
Doors open at 6:30 P.M., speakers at approximately 7:45 P.M.

Location: Sandy Hill Community Centre, 250 Somerset Street East, Ottawa

Come out and participate in this Democracy Week event, featuring a discussion about Democratic Reform on Parliament Hill.

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