#ERRE submission Deadline TONIGHT!

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Canadians Deserve Better -Proportional Representation - on Canadian Flag backgroundThis is the twenty-second article in the Whoa!Canada: Proportional Representation Series

Submissions to the ERRE Consultation *must* be in before midnight tonight.

Participate in electoral reform consultations

Even if I didn’t have a lot to say, I’ve had a look at the questionaire, and I don’t like it much because the instructions about the electoral system questions are unclear. (If you “disagree” with the correct discription of an electoral system, does it mean you don’t approve of that system or does it mean you don’t want that system?)  The worst part is that people can’t just skip those; everything on every page must be answered in order to submit.  Not good.

A “brief” may sound daunting, what it really is is a way for Canadians to tell them what we think.  It can be a scholarly essay if you like, or it can just be a single line that says you want Proportional Representation.  I can tell you just saying “I want Canada to adopt Proportional Representation” will be incredibly  important; they will be crunching numbers.  If 90% of the submissions say they want PR, we might just get it.

If you wish to say a little bit more, the actual election promise was,

We will convene an all-party Parliamentary committee to review a wide variety of reforms, such as ranked ballots, proportional representation, mandatory voting, and online voting.

— We will make every vote count

You can also offer opinions on other things, like lowering the voting age to increase voter engagement, restoring the per vote subsidy and limiting election spending.

The committee mandate is to find out what Canadians want, starting with the five principles:

  1. Effectiveness and legitimacy
  2. Engagement
  3. Accessibility and inclusiveness
  4. Integrity
  5. Local representation

We don’t need to choose a specific electoral system; in fact, the best possible outcome would be for the committee to recommend a type of Proportional Representation, Mixed Member Proportional or Single Transferable Vote, and then direct Elections Canada to convene a panel of experts to work out details to best conform to the mandate.

You can check out my PR4Canada resources page (listed in the sidebar):
https://whoacanada.wordpress.com/pr-4-canada-resources/
or
Fair Vote Waterloo’s
http://www.fairvotewrc.ca/resources/
for more information.

This is our chance to be heard.  Speak up!

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Proportional Representation Series So Far:

• Proportional Representation for Canada
• What’s so bad about First Past The Post
• Democracy Primer
• Working for Democracy
• The Popular Vote
• Why Don’t We Have PR Already?
• Stability
• Why No Referendum?
• Electoral System Roundup
• When Canadians Learn about PR with CGP Grey
• Entitlement
• Proportional Representation vs. Alternative Vote
• #ERRÉ #Q Committee
• #ERRÉ #Q Meetings & Transcripts
• Take The Poll ~ #ERRÉ #Q
Proportionality #ERRÉ #Q 
• The Poll’s The Thing 
• DIY Electoral Reform Info Sessions
• What WE Can Do for ERRÉ
• #ERRÉ today and Gone Tomorrow (…er, Friday)
• Redistricting Roulette 
• #ERRÉ submission Deadline TONIGHT!
#ERRÉ Submission by Laurel L. Russwurm
• The Promise: “We will make every vote count” #ERRÉ
FVC: Consultations Provide Strong Mandate for Proportional Representation #ERRÉ
PEI picks Proportional Representation
There is only one way to make every vote count #ERRÉ
Canada is Ready 4 Proportional Representation
Sign the Petition e-616
#ProportionalRepresentation Spin Cycle ~ #ERRÉ
• International Women’s Day 2017 ~ #IWD
• An Open Letter to ERRÉ Committee Liberals

and don’t forget to check out the PR4Canada Resources page!

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DIY Electoral Reform Info Sessions

back to The Poll’s The ThingAhead to What WE Can Do for ERRECanadians Deserve Better -Proportional Representation - on Canadian Flag backgroundThis is the eighteenth in the Whoa!Canada: Proportional Representation Series

No matter where you live in Canada, your Member of Parliament should be hosting a Town Hall to consult with you about electoral reform.

But we don’t have to wait for them because a large component of the ERRE Consultation Process is effectively “do-it-yourself.”   That’s why Fair Vote Canada and other grass root organizations will be conducting their own community dialogues and information sessions across Canada.  Any local community groups ~ anyone ~ can host their very own consultation or discussion night!  If you’re interested you can get Fair Vote Waterloo’s Make Every Vote Count presentation.

Roundtables Tuesdays at 6:30pm at Queen Street Commons, Kitchener, (43 Queen Street S) - Have your say! We submit discussion results to the federal government ~ At the Libraries - September 8 at KPL Central, Sept 21 Elmira Library, September 28 New Hamburg Library and September 29th, Ayr Library -- Learn how the government plans to make every vote count next election, and different voting system options

September is the busy season for Electoral Reform as Canada’s Consultation process heats up in the rush to get it done.

Thursday September 8th

Kitchener Public Library presents
Fair Vote Waterloo: Make Every Vote Count

at the Kitchener Public Library, Central Branch
@ Kitchener Public Library~Central Branch

Find out why Canada is planning to modernize our voting system, and and learn how the government plans to make every vote count for Canada’s next election.  Waterloo Region’s local non-partisan grass roots organization Fair Vote Waterloo will present the information about different voting system options. [note: you must register for this event]

7:00 pm – 9:00 pm at KPL Central Library Branch

85 Queen St NKitchener, ON N2H 2H1

Even if you aren’t local to Waterloo Region, there will likely be similar events taking place throughout the month of September across Canada.
Check out the Official Calendar of Electoral Reform Events, and look out for The Hon. Maryam Monsef’s Community Dialogue Tour.

For more information check out the Resources page at Fair Vote Waterloo, as well as PR4Canada Resources 

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Ahead to What WE Can Do for ERRE

Proportional Representation Series So Far:

• Proportional Representation for Canada
• What’s so bad about First Past The Post
• Democracy Primer
• Working for Democracy
• The Popular Vote
• Why Don’t We Have PR Already?
• Stability
• Why No Referendum?
• Electoral System Roundup
• When Canadians Learn about PR with CGP Grey
• Entitlement
• Proportional Representation vs. Alternative Vote
• #ERRÉ #Q Committee
• #ERRÉ #Q Meetings & Transcripts
• Take The Poll ~ #ERRÉ #Q
Proportionality #ERRÉ #Q 
• The Poll’s The Thing 
• DIY Electoral Reform Info Sessions
• What WE Can Do for ERRÉ
• #ERRÉ today and Gone Tomorrow (…er, Friday)
• Redistricting Roulette 
• #ERRÉ submission Deadline TONIGHT!
#ERRÉ Submission by Laurel L. Russwurm
• The Promise: “We will make every vote count” #ERRÉ
FVC: Consultations Provide Strong Mandate for Proportional Representation #ERRÉ
PEI picks Proportional Representation
There is only one way to make every vote count #ERRÉ
Canada is Ready 4 Proportional Representation
Sign the Petition e-616
#ProportionalRepresentation Spin Cycle ~ #ERRÉ
• International Women’s Day 2017 ~ #IWD
• An Open Letter to ERRÉ Committee Liberals

and don’t forget to check out the PR4Canada Resources page!


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To the extent possible under law, Byron Weber Becker has waived all copyright and related or neighboring rights to this Make Every Vote Count Presentation in any format. This work is published from: Canada. See http://creativecommons.org/publicdomain/zero/1.0/

NoProRogue: Signs

Signs of Democracy

No Prorogue Rally: Guelph, Ontario

We held grassroots rallies and marches across this great land in heartfelt protest against Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s shameless premature prorogation which he effected solely to avoid government accountability to Canadian citizens.

On the 23rd day of January, 2010 Canadians of all ages and political affiliations (or none) took to the streets in peaceful assembly.

The rally changes to a March along the streets of Guelph

Coming from the earlier Waterloo Rally, I was late arriving in Downtown Guelph, but I got there in time to see the Rally transform into a March.

Sign in the crowd of Marchers reads: return power to parliament

These are some of the signs I saw on the Guelph NoProrogue march that day.

On the march: a sign reads "get back to work mps"

The gods smiled on our just cause: it was a mild day, although winter in Canada.   Canadians of all ages turned out to give voice to our concerns through peaceful assembly.

"ENOUGH" reads the sign "Get Back to Work"

Is it any wonder that a great deal of the outrage centers around the fact that the premature prorogation means that our hundreds of members of Parliament will not be at work due to the premature proragation… yet they continue to receive their paychecks courtesy of Canadian tax dollars paid by ordinary Canadians.   That’s us.

This sign demands 145 Tory MPs: Git Back To Work

For most Canadians no work means no pay.   So this sounds rather like a prorogation vacation to many Canadians.

Restore Power to Parliament sign
A drawing of a Perogie tells us "Perogies Not Prorogation"

It took me a minute to “get” the sign (right) until the lightbulb lit and I realized it was picturing a perogie.   I don’t know about you but I can always use a good laugh.   Leave it to Canadians, not only are we polite, but we’ve long been world leaders in the field of humour.   I rather like perogie-prorogue pun.

Return Power to Parliament

But the point is that the Canadian tipping point was the attack on democracy.

The fair vote Canada guy sports a Canadian Flag cape: No More Wasted Votes

Who says Canadians don’t wrap themselves in the flag?   We may be flawlessly polite, comparatively quiet and incredibly law abiding, but we love our country.   It was inspiring to see all the people wearing Canadian flags in one way or another that day.

Signs: "Restore Democracy"

And heartening to see so many hand made signs.   A great deal of passion — and effort — went into this day.

Of Democracy

With government like we’ve got, we can all surely use a smile

Is it any wonder that this song was running through my head while putting this collection together?

So although this hasn’t got anything to do with the grassroots NoProrogue movement, or Canada as far as I can tell, this video has some of the funniest signs I’ve seen in a long time… accompanied by the Tesla song “Signs”



Write to your Member of Parliament and tell them what you think about premature prorogation or anything else! You can find your MP with this lovely link – it will also help you find out who your MP is if you don’t know. It’s time that Canadians started letting them know what we think about how they represent us.
Find your Member of Parliament

Write to Prime Minister Stephen Harper and tell him too!
Prime Minister/Premier Ministre Stephen Harper <pm@pm.gc.ca>

The government gives more weight to postal mail: you can mail your comments without a stamp!!:

The Right Hon. Stephen Joseph Harper, P.C., B.A., M.A.
1600 90th Avenue Southwest, suite A-203
Calgary, Alberta
T2V 5A8

Canada badly needs electoral reform. Take a peek at the Non-Partisan Fair Vote Canada site to get information some ideas of electoral reform. All Canadians need to join in these non-partisan discussions.