Your chapter is mobilizing!

Bonjour à tous,

As the final weeks of the election approaches, your chapter is mobilizing to be present at as many all candidates debates as possible to ask questions the candidates and collect signatures for the Declaration of Voters' Rights.


Here's what you can do to help:
  1. Keep in touch Write to julien.lamarche@gmail.com and ask to be subscribed to notices@fairvotecanadancr.ca .  Messages on this mailing list will be short but frequent.  These include notices of our weekly election planning meetings, which usually take place on Tuesdays at 7pm at the Fox & Feather Pub on Elgin Street.  Date and time are subject to change.  Check on http://ottawa.fairvote.ca .  Please RSVP with julien.lamarche@gmail.com, . 
  2. If you know of an all candidates' meeting (ACM) happening in your area..... Consult our spreadsheet of National Capital Region ACMs .   If you don't see yours, please notify luc.menard@gmail.com .
  3. If you are planning to attend an ACM ....
    • Please ask one of the following questions:
      • The current first past the post system, and any other winner-take-all systems like Alternative Vote give unfair advantage to parties with regionally concentrated support such as the Bloc Québécois. This does not happen with proportional representation systems. Will your party commit to putting proportional representation on the table in the House of Commons without tying it to Senate reform?
      • Just 22 percent of Canada's MPs are women. All democracies with 30% or more women in their legislature use proportional representation.  Would you support reforming the voting method towards a more proportional system?
      • In the last federal election, more than half of all votes did not got to a winning candidate.  Despite the best intentions our MPs, the fact of the matter is that most Canadians are represented by someone they did not vote for.  Would you support reforming the voting system towards a more proportional system?
    • Please notify luc.menard@gmail.com so we know who is attending which ACM.  Let us know if we can put your e-mail address or other contact info in the spreadsheet.
    • Consult our spreadsheet at http://is.gd/w6Hvyq to see if other volunteers are attending.
    • If you have the time, find out if the ACM organizer would permit a Fair Vote table at the event.  Write back to luc.menard@gmail.com so we can prepare.
    • If you have the time beforehand, get some brochures and a t-shirt at our weekly get together at the Fox & Feather - or contact julien.lamarche@gmail.com  to arrange an alternate time.
    • Do equip yourself with pen, paper and a hard surface to write down names of people in the audience who are interested in Fair Vote Canada.   This is the best opportunity to find more volunteers.
    • Bring with you a copy of the Declaration of Voters' Rights for people to sign.  If you have copies with signatures, contact julien.lamarche@gmail.com .
  4. If you wish to pamphlet your street .... Get brochures at our weekly get together at the Fox & Feather or arrange with julien.lamarche@gmail.com to pick up at an alternate time.
  5. If you want to write to candidates in your area ...
    1. Find your candidates 
      1. Use http://elections.ca/scripts/pss/finded.aspx?L=e to find your candidates
      2. Use Google to find their contact info
    2. Send them one of the following questions:
      • A major poll, conducted by Environics Research for the Council of Canadians, found that 62 per cent of Canadians support "moving towards a system of proportional representation (PR) in Canadian elections." In addition, the strong support for PR is consistent across the country -- from a low of 59 per cent in Alberta to a high of 65 per cent in Quebec. Young voters  were the strongest supporters, with 71 percent favouring a change to PR.  You have indicated in your campaign that a Prime Minister should be involved in uniting the country, not causing divisions.  The current first past the post system, and any other winner-take-all systems like Alternative Vote give unfair advantage to parties with regionally concentrated support. Entire regions of a country are dominated by one party, which exacerbates regional divisions and tensions. This does not happen with proportional representation systems.  Will your government commit to put proportional representation on the table as an election issue?  How could you lose on this issue with 62% public support?
      • All democracies with 30% or more women in their legislature use proportional representation.  Would you support reforming the voting method towards a more proportional system?
      • In the last federal election, 50,7% of all votes did not got to a wining candidate.  Despite the best intentions, the fact of the matter is most Canadians are represented by someone they did not vote for.  Would you support reforming the voting method towards a more proportional system?
      • If you are e-mailing a Conservative candidate, tell them that the Liberal Party wins most urban ridings with less than half the vote.  Conservative votes in fast-growing urban Canada go to waste because of our electoral system.
    3. E-mail us, as we are interested in their answers.
If you wish to keep track of our activities during the election, the best way is to request a subscription to notices@fairvotecanadancr.ca by going here or e-mailing julien.lamarche@gmail.com . This allows us to keep correspondence on our main mailing list at a modest level for those contacts who do not wish to be heavily involved during the election. On behalf of the 2011 Fair Vote election team, thank you for all your help. Julien Lamarche Vice President Volunteer coordinator Fair Vote Ottawa chapter Kelsey Wagner President Fair Vote Ottawa chapter Stewart Fast Executive Secretary Luc Ménard ACM Coordinator, 2011 Election Martin Islam ACM Researcher, 2011 Election Thank you to all our volunteers: Brtitaney Todd Anne Prowse Johnathan Wouk David McNicoll Esther Fueter Yannick Carrière Patricia Marsden-Dole Joe Michel Greg Morisette Claire van Koughnett (if we forgot your name, please e-mail your name to julien.lamarche@gmail.com)