Proportional Representation

On Wednesday, February 19th, 2014 in Get Involved

Proportional RepresentationCanadian citizens demand the following basic democratic rights:

- To cast an equal and effective vote and to be represented fairly in Parliament, regardless of political belief or place of residence
- To be governed by a fairly elected Parliament where the share of seats held by each political party closely reflects the popular vote
- To live under legitimate laws approved by a majority of elected Parliamentarians representing a majority of voters

The need for reform is urgent, and Canadians need a Parliament that represents the political and social diversity of Canada.

Help Elizabeth secure electoral reform! Sign below or download this petition, have as many people as possible to sign it, and mail it – postage free – to either her Ottawa or Sidney offices. With as few as 25 signatures, Elizabeth can present your petition to the government in the House of Commons.

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504 people have signed this petition. Add your voice to the growing number of Canadians speaking out about this issue.

Your petitioners call upon the House of Commons to immediately undertake a public consultation to amend the Canada Elections Act to incorporate these vital democratic rights and, after this consultation, quickly implement a suitable form of proportional representation.

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  • Linda Babb

    Only 57 – how many members of the Green Party are there? Why have they not all signed this??

    • Léa Maro Langelier

      .. Now 88. Will find ways to make more signatures.

  • Millie Zeiler

    I’m in. The Green Party needs more support. How in the world are we to kick out the Unholy Three (NDP, Liberal & PC) if parties like this one don’t work together more and provide a really strong, united front?

    • Richard Clarkson

      There are no PC. They have been disbanded many years ago. There is only Harper’s renamed Reform Party.

  • preConfederation

    Fair Vote Canada has helped set up an Alliance

    The Groups, the numbers and the voices are growing in intensity. I could only wish they had a speaker in the House who could hold the PM’s feet to the fire about the promise he made for Proportional Representation. Some Liberals are already getting giddy about having a Majority, with only 39.5 % of the vote – roughly the same percentage has Harper received and we all know what that means.

  • IamSalome

    Spread this around. Now that the NDP as imploded – the Greens are the only way to go!

  • Tony Brogan

    I disagree with proportionate representation. It results in hung parliaments. See Ireland who had an election months ago but have yet to form a functioning government.

    Who decides who is appointed to make up the MPs required. some MPs will not be elected but appointed by parties. Nobody will vote for these people at all.

    i could consider the preferential ballot system where at least everyone will have voted for the elected rep. It make not be my first preference but my second or third.

    We are mindlessly headed off in the wrong direction going from the frying pan into the fire.

    • Mark Hambridge

      Sorry Tony, as so many ‘opponents’ of PR, you are mythinformed. Ireland is only one of more than 85 OECD countries using a form of PR – and they do not all have ‘hung parliaments’. That is more a function of the *people* involved rather than the electoral system.

      No-one ‘decides who is appointed to make-up the MP’s required’ in a Canadian designed system for Canadians. All would be elected by the voters. Read the Law Commission of Canada’s report ‘Voting Counts’ – you can download a free copy from Fair Vote Canada’s ‘Resources’ page.

      Both the Alternative Vote (AV bad) and Single Transferable Vote (STV good) are preferential systems, but STV requires multi-member electoral districts so preference can apply, even at the local level; you don’t specify which preferential system you prefer. From the context, it appears that you support AV where 50%-1 of the electorate is not represented in Parliament, whereas with STV that number is reduced to about 5%. Even your vote would be counted toward electing someone!

      Don’t head toward the fire, learn more about a better frying pan! One where your vote *does* stick!

  • Leond

    Single Transferable Vote is a proportional representation system that fairly elects all representatives; no party supplied lists.

  • Leslie Stanick

    Proportional representation is critical to democratic process. That the Harper government could, with 39% of the vote, ramrod his environmentally devastating bills through with a minority government should never be able to happen again. Everyone’s vote should count, especially when the future of our planet is at stake.

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  • Green Lantern

    Is this petition still going in Feb. 2017?

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