Make your voice heard on electoral reform!
During the 2015 Federal Election, Justin Trudeau’s Liberal Party promised that the election would be the last one held under our current first-past-the-post system. Since then, momentum has been building for electoral reform, as consultations, town hall meetings, committee meetings, and expert testimony have all revealed a strong desire for change to our electoral system, with a clear majority of Canadians calling for an electoral system that is fairer and more proportional.
The government appointed a Special Committee on Electoral Reform, which conducted town halls and consultations across the country asking Canadians if we would like to change our voting system. The Committee has now released its report to the House of Commons. In a majority opinion, the Committee recommends reforming Canada’s voting system by adopting proportional representation. The Committee also recommends that the government hold a referendum on the issue, offering Canadians a choice between the current FPTP system and one based on proportional representation.
The federal government will be mailing out a postcard to all Canadian households asking citizens for further input on whether we should change our electoral system. You will have until December 31, 2016 to respond by going to mydemocracy.ca and providing your feedback (you can do so even if you haven’t yet received a postcard in the mail).
When providing your input, we suggest emphasizing the following principles for a fair, effective, and proportional voting system that makes every vote count. Tell the government that Canadians want:
A more representative electoral system that provides more representative government;
A system that provides regional and/or local representation;
An electoral system that makes every vote count; and
A system that does not allow one party to form government without a majority of votes.
Please ensure that your voice is heard on this issue, and that the Liberal government is held to their election promise, by visiting mydemocracy.ca and responding online today. Together, we can achieve a fair, effective, and proportional voting system that makes every vote count.