Yesterday, on December 9th, 2013, the Conservative MP raised eyebrows on Parliament Hill when he presented the Proportional Representation petition to Parliament.
Fair Electoral Representation: Petition to the House of Commons
A petition to ensure Canadians have a fair electoral system
- Our winner-take-all voting system results in a House of Commons where the number of MPs a party’s supporters elect does not reflect the number of voters who cast ballots for that party;
- Fair voting systems better reflect the will of voters, let them vote for the candidate or party they prefer, and give each community fair and accountable representation.
We, the undersigned residents of Canada, call upon the House of Commons to immediately undertake public onsultations across Canada to amend the
Canada Elections Act to ensure voters:
- Can cast an equal and effective vote to be represented fairly in parliament, regardless of political belief or place of residence;
- Are governed by a fairly elected parliament where the share of seats held by each political party closely reflects the popular vote;
- Live under legitimate laws approved by a majority of elected parliamentarians, representing a majority of voters;
And to introduce a suitable form of proportional representation after these public consultations.
When the Fair Vote chapter presented the petition to the Conservative MP, Stephen Woodworth spent the better part of an hour discussing the issue with them. During that conversation, he made a commitment to look into it further and to present it to Parliament. And so he did.
If you believe the votes of all Canadians should count, you can find out more about meaningful electoral reform from your local Fair Vote Canada chapter or action group. If there isn’t one nearby, you can start your own, or simply print your own petition to present to your own MP.
If you do, don’t forget to let me know so I can blog about it 🙂