FVBC Launches Charter Challenge Campaign

In response to the Prime Minister’s betrayal of his unequivocal promise to reform our voting system and Make Every Vote Count, Fair Voting BC has launched a campaign to raise funds to support a Charter challenge.  Check out the Charter Challenge website and make a pledge.  Thanks to our amazing supporters who have pledged almost $75,000 in little more than a week!

 

Breaking News! Trudeau Betrays Canadian Voters, Abandons Voting Reform!

trudeau-suckerToday (February 1st) was a dark day for electoral reform in Canada. After repeated assurances over the past two months that he was still committed to introducing electoral reform legislation in response to December’s Electoral Reform Committee report, and just one day after the Minister of Democratic Institutions solicited input from NDP MP Nathan Cullen regarding this legislation, Prime Minister Trudeau instructed Minister Gould to stop pursuing electoral reform.

This is an utter betrayal by Trudeau and the Liberal Party of their explicit and unambiguous promise to end our current discriminatory voting system and is a slap in the face of all Canadians who were conned into participating in the government’s faux consultations over the past year. In retrospect, it is now apparent that what many considered to be mere incompetence was actually malice aforethought. We are now angered and are resolved, not only to do everything in our power to make the Liberal Party pay a high political price for their deceit, but to find a way to force the government to keep its promise.

We will have more to say shortly, but in the meantime, we urge you to call your MP [find contact info here] and express your outrage at the government’s move and demand that they follow through on their promise to Make Every Vote Count!

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“Each citizen is entitled to be represented in government”

– Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin, explaining what our Charter right to vote means

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Justice McLachlin once said “the Canadian tradition [is] one of evolutionary democracy moving in uneven steps toward the goal of universal suffrage and more effective representation”. But right now, our current voting system denies over half our fellow citizens a voice in Parliament – including Liberal supporters on the Prairies, Conservative supporters in downtown Toronto, NDP supporters in Atlantic Canada or Green Party supporters just about anywhere.

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And just as we now all recognize that it was never right that women should ever have been denied the vote, it is increasingly apparent that it’s not right to exclude half the voters.  After all, as McLachlin also said, the purpose of our Charter right to vote “cannot be less than to guarantee to citizens their full democratic rights in the government of the country”.

We invite you to read the sections below to learn more about why change is needed, what the main options for change are, and how you can contribute to the government’s current reform process.

Why We Need Voting Reform

Fundamentally, it’s a matter of our civil rights – Canada’s Charter of Rights and Freedoms guarantees us effective representation, but fewer than half of us have an MP we voted for.

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Fair Ways to Vote

Most developed countries use some form of Proportional Representation (PR). The most frequently discussed in Canada are STV (Single Transferable Vote) and MMP (Mixed Member Proportional), but there are other possibilities as well.

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