Dear ERRÉ Committee Members:
I am exceptionally invested in Electoral Reform; having watched and participated in many of your meetings as well as being involved in many local DIY Community Dialogues and Information Sessions. I was unable to attend your single Ontario stop on your Cross Country Tour in Toronto because we were putting on a previously scheduled Info Night in a local library. After a life spent voting in every election for over three decades my vote has never actually elected an MP or an MPP. I am frankly tired of electoral futility, and especially of being a second class citizen.
It isn’t that I’ve been voting for some wild fringe party– over the years I have voted for candidates from each of the 4 major parties in English Canada. But the futility of casting my vote had me considering joining the ranks of non-voters … until I started learning about Proportional Representation.
It’s time Canada actually became the Representative Democracy I was told it was back in High School. Not just for me, but for my son. And my nieces and nephews… and everyone else’s kids, too. Because I was raised to leave a place better than I found it. And at least once before I die, I’d like to know that when I vote, it might actually count.
When MPs tell me they can represent all their constituents they are wrong. Oh, sure, any good MP can represent all their constituents in their constituency work, but that is not why MPs are sent to Ottawa. 150 years ago that wasn’t even in the job description. We voters send you to Ottawa to represent us, but the First Past The Post reality is that when MPs are in the legislature, you vote the way the party tells you.