Conservative MP presents Proportional Representation petition

Fair Vote Canada LogoThe Fair Vote Canada Waterloo Region Chapter presented the Proportional Representation Petition to Kitchener Centre MP Stephen Woodworth last month.

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

Whereas:

  • 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.

Fair Vote Canada printable petition PDF

MP Stephen Woodworth
Conservative MP Stephen Woodworth

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.

YouTube: Proportional Representation
MP Stephen Woodworth meets FVC Waterloo #1

YouTube: Proportional Representation
MP Stephen Woodworth meets FVC Waterloo #2

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 🙂

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National Day of Action – Saturday May 14

Note:The information has been updated: any red strikethough text is deleted; Green underlined text is Additional information. This Day of Action is a near spontaneous event put together over the last few days by students across Canada.

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As might be expected, the non partisan FairVote Canada is not terribly pleased with the outcome of our recent Federal Election:

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Fairvote Canada

This blatantly distorted election outcome has generated a spontaneous reaction in the electorate. Saturday, May 14 has been designated a national Day of Action for Electoral Reform, and protest rallies are being planned in Ottawa, Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver, Calgary, Halifax, Charlottetown and Kelowna, all at 2:00 pm local time.”

“Fair Vote Canada (FVC) is participating in these events, and will supply speakers in Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal and Vancouver.”

Fairvote Canada will be participating in the NATIONAL DAY OF ACTION FOR ELECTORAL REFORM / MANIFESTATION PAN-CANADIENNE POUR LA RÉFORME ÉLECTORALE

Non partisan multi-striped maple leaf logo with text: National Day of Action for electoral Reform Saturday May 14, 2011 ... MANIFESTATION PAN-CANADIENNE POUR LA RÉFORME ÉLECTORALE, Samedi Le 14 Mai 2011

@dayofaction2011The blue Twitter bird mascot #dayofaction2011 The blue Twitter bird mascot#electoralreform The blue Twitter bird mascot #fairvote

All demonstrations to be held at

2pm local time:

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Montreal — Berri Sq. — Amir Khadir will be speaking here [@amirkhadir ]


Ottawa — Parliament Hill specific location of #ottawa #dayofaction: War Monument at the corner of Elgin and Wellington…. Green Party Leader Elizabeth May [@ElizabethMay] will be speaking here.


Vancouver — Vancouver Art Gallery …. Fairvote Canada’s Adrian Carr will be speaking here Vancouver Central Library


Calgary — Harry Hays Building – 220 4 Avenue Southeast Calgary, AB T2G 4X3 Calgary, AB


Halifax — Province House at Halifax Public Library – Spring Garden Road – Halifax, NS


Charlottetown — Province House


Kelowna — The Sails, Central Park


Whitehorse — Elijah Smith Building

new additions:

Province House, Charlottetown, PEI Silent Protest for Electoral Reform
Saturday, May 14 · 2:00pm – 3:00pm


There is something being planned for St. John’s Newfoundland as well, but I have no information on it.

The Toronto rally time has been changed to 3pm local time

Toronto — Queen’s Park

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60% did not vote for our current government

Demand Reform

We need an electoral process in which everybody’s vote counts. We need a government that represents us.”

http://nationaldayofaction.ca/



Photo Credit:
Queen’s Park, Toronto photo by Donald Morrison under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0) License

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