Canadians: Sign Up If You Can

Today is the last day to sign up as a Liberal Party Supporter.

If you sign up,  you can vote in the Liberal Party Leadership race next month — you can help select the new Liberal Leader.

You don’t have to pay anything.  There are only two rules:

  • You must be a Canadian.
  • You can’t be a member of any other Political Party. [If you are, it is acceptable to temporarily resign your other Party membership in order to vote.]

If you’re new to the idea, and have no idea who you might want to vote for, here’s the thing: you don’t have to actually vote today, this is just the last day to register as a “supporter” so you can participate in the vote.

The actual voting will be held on April 14, 2013.


I am writing an article explaining why I — a proud life long member of NO party — think this is a good idea, but its taking longer than I thought, and I won’t be done until later tonight… in the meantime there is an:


It’s easy to do, and even if you aren’t likely to actually vote Liberal, wouldn’t it be better for you to have a say in who the new LPC leader is — especially if that leader becomes Canada’s next Prime Minister?


I know one dedicated member of another party who is suspending her membership to vote here, and another who can’t see his way clear to doing this. Beyond these considerations, the only downside I can see is a privacy consideration: you have to give up your email address. Still, if that is a concern, sign up for a disposable free Yahoo, Hotmail or Gmail free email address.

Today is the last day to register, so if you decide you want to tomorrow, it will be too late. If you sign up today, you don’t actually have to vote when the time comes. So, why not?

Do It

Joyce Murray, Liberal Leadership Candidate
Joyce Murray, Liberal Leadership Candidate

Because Canada needs Proportional Representation, the Liberal Leadership Candidate I will probably vote for is Joyce Murray,  the “Cooperate For Canada” candidate.   Although I am not entirely sure about Cooperate,  Joyce is the only candidate I know of who has come out in support of Proportional Representation, which I am sure about.  Some of the others may yet rethink the issue between now and voting day.

Here are a few of her endorsements:

And don’t miss Joyce Murray’s son’s rap video:  Baba Brinkman’s rap video

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Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medals for Fair Vote Canada Members

Anita Nickerson
Anita Nickerson

Yesterday long-time advocate of political participation Anita Nickerson was presented with a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal at the Cooperate for Canada concert in Waterloo. Anita was recognized for her work with Fair Vote Canada locally and nationally to achieve proportional representation. The medal was presented by Narine Sookram, a well-known community activist and Caribbean community leader, himself a recipient of Waterloo’s top civic honour, the Waterloo Award in 2012.

If anyone deserves such recognition, it is Anita.

Anita has been the driving force behind Fair Vote Canada Waterloo Region Chapter initiatives like ParticipateNuclear Energy Debate, The People’s Summit on Democracy, Democracy Week, Movie Nights, and many other events I’ve attended over the last few years.

I’m certainly not the only Canadian to have learned a thing or two from Anita’s unflagging efforts to educate and inform Canadians about electoral reform. In addition to the debates, discussions and film and information nights she’s helped present to the public to further the cause of democracy and proportional representation in Canada, Anita developed and presents an information program on democracy for students in Ontario schools. The amount and the calibre of Anita’s work never ceases to amaze me.

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One wasn’t enough . . .

A second Fair Vote National Council member, Margaret Hoff, has also been honoured with a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal  medal for her work on women’s issues and electoral reform in London, Ontario.

Such awards are a tangible governmental acknowledgement of the importance and legitimacy of the issue of electoral reform.  Awarding two awards to FVC National Council members confers a measure of “establishment” credibility on the grassroots Fair Vote Canada organization.  Bravo!

So many people labor long and hard to make the world a better place, neither expecting nor receiving kudos or even acknowledgement for their efforts.   Which makes it especially nice when good people like Anita Nickerson and Margaret Hoff are recognized for the good work they do to benefit the rest of us.

Congratulations to them both.