Video: Maryam Monsef in Waterloo Region, 14 September 2016

With the recent controversy over the Hon. Maryam Monsef claiming the straw poll she took at her Electoral Reform Town Halls do not support Electoral Reform, it is interesting to look at the video of the event held in Waterloo Region on Wednesday, 14 September 2016 to hear what was actually said:

Published on Oct 31, 2016

The Honourable Maryam Monsef’s National ERRÉ Cross Canada Community Dialogue Tour stopped in Waterloo Region on September 14th, 2016. This is Ms. Monsef’s introductory speech to the 300+ folk who turned out to discuss Electoral Reform.

Note: I’ve compensated for an unusable bit of video with a montage of still photo.

Because I participated in the small group discussion, the rest of the video is in bits & pieces. I’ll post more of the video from that evening as soon as possible.


Music Credit:
“Nothing in the Dark” (instrumental version) from “heretoday” is copyright by Josh Woodward and released under a Creative Commons Attribution License.

Maryam Monsef in Waterloo Region is Copyright © 2016 by Laurel L. Russwurm of LibreLeft Pictures and released under a CC BY-SACreative Commons Attribution Share-alike 2.0 license.
Accompanying music Nothing In The Dark is Copyright © 2016 by Josh Woodward and released under a CC BYCreative Commons Attribution-Only 4.0 license.

Discussion Night and Strategy Meeting Followup



The next Fair Vote Waterloo Discussion Night will be this coming Wednesday:

What: Fair Vote Waterloo Discussion Night for November 2016
When: Wednesday, 30 November 2016 from 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Where: Cafe 1842 at the Huether Hotel
Location: 59 King Street North, Waterloo, Ontario Map 1

Cafe 1842 at the Huether Hotel is open to 11:00pm or midnight each night and has a very quiet section on the north side which would work well for us. There is on-street parking & in the Huether’s lot on the north side of the building & it’s on a bus line. Many thanks to Sharon Sommerville for hosting!



We’re also having a follow-up to our Strategy Meeting from Thursday, 10 November 2016. It has become even more crucial that we address the denial of Minister Monsef about the broad support for Electoral Reform.

What: Strategy Meeting Followup
When: Tuesday, 6 December 2016 from 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Where: Sharon Sommerville’s dining room
Location: 85 Westmount Road South, Waterloo, Ontario Map 2

There is street parking on Douglas Street, and you can enter through the back door from the driveway. Thanks to Sharon Sommerville for hosting again!

Minutes of the previous meeting: Notes from FVC – WR Fall 2016 Strategy Meeting, 10 November 2016

Sincerity on Electoral Reform in Question?

Press release sent to local media in Waterloo Region on 22 November 2016


We in Fair Vote Canada Waterloo Region Chapter were most excited by the election of a government which promised that 2015 would be the last election to use First Past the Post (FPTP) to determine how we would be represented. We were further heartened by the creation of an electoral reform committee, representative of the make-up of our House of Commons. In a very compressed time frame the committee has heard from a great number of Canadians and expert witnesses. Locally, we were especially pleased by the opportunity of a Town Hall on September 14th hosted by the four local Liberal members of Parliament and the Minister of Democratic Institutions, the Honourable Maryam Monsef.

Sadly, we have been disappointed and increasingly concerned by the statements of our Prime Minister and the Minister that suggest a lack of commitment to, if not an outright backing away from, their campaign promise. At the same time we recently saw the summary of our local Town Hall prepared for the members of the electoral reform committee which deepen these concerns.

The report confuses the concept of Alternative Vote with that of Proportional representation. Most importantly, the summary in our view does not fairly or accurately reflect the level of support voiced at the meeting for some form of proportional representation. This is consistent with the overwhelming message Canadians and expert witnesses have provided directly to the electoral reform committee and in the many Town Halls held across this country. A summary of this feedback can be found at Waterloo Region MPs’ Submission To The Electoral Reform Committee

We respectfully ask that this government honour its promise to make 2015 the last election to use First Past the Post. For more information about Fair Vote Canada and our concerns, please contact:

Bob Jonkman,
Co-Chair, Fair Vote Canada Waterloo Region Chapter

Phone: +1–519-635-9413


Waterloo Region MPs’ Submission To The Electoral Reform Committee

Maryam Monsef's National Electoral Reform Community Dialogue | Stanley Park Community Centre, Kitchener

Waterloo Region Electoral Reform Town Hall, 14 September 2016

Dear Waterloo Region Fair Voting Friends,

This past year has been hopeful for those of us seeking to replace FPTP with a fair electoral system. Over the summer & fall many of us participated in the electoral reform consultation process. It was an exciting & important exercise in democracy which we hope will lead to changes to ensure a healthier democracy and better public policy for all Canadians.

We thought you might be interested in reading the report submitted to the Electoral Reform Committee by all four Waterloo Region Liberal MPs on the September town hall. It is an important representation of the current state of interest and thinking about electoral reform in our area.

Here is the link to the report:

Town Hall Report on Electoral Reform Public Consultation (.pdf, 220 kBytes), an image of the file is below.

If you attended the town hall, would you give us your opinion of the report?

Your feedback is important to ensure the transparency of the process. Thank you for your time & support as we work together for electoral reform.

Best regards,

Sharon Sommerville for FVC-WR

Town Hall Report on Electoral Reform Public Consultation

You can get these announcements by e-mail by subscribing to the Fair Vote Waterloo Announcements mailing list or the Fair Vote Waterloo Discussion mailing list.

Maryam Monsef’s National Electoral Reform Community Dialogue Tour by Laurel L. Russwurm is used under a CC BYCreative Commons — Attribution 2.0 Generic — CC BY 2.0 license.

Choose a date for a Strategy Meeting

MeetingThe Fall Strategy Meeting will be 7:00pm, Thursday, 10 November 2016 at 85 Westmount Rd. S., WaterlooThere have been some alarming comments from both Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Minister of Democratic Institutions Maryam Monsef that Canadians no longer need Electoral Reform because the Liberals have formed the government.

There’s an urgent need to make a coordinated effort to address the Liberals’ backsliding on their election promise of electoral reform. We talked about this at the previous Discussion Night, and had scheduled a Strategy Meeting for Wednesday, 23 November 2016. Unfortunately, a significant number of people can’t make it for that date, and because of the urgency of this issue an earlier date was requested.

This poll is closed! Poll activity:
Start date 03-11-2016 17:00:00
End date 08-11-2016 23:59:59
Poll Results:
When should we have our November 2016 Strategy Meeting?

If you can’t complete the poll you can e-mail me at I’ll pick the date on Tuesday, 8 November based on the plurality of the poll results.

At the meeting we will discuss ways to combat the Liberals’ misperception of Canadians’ overwhelming support for Electoral Reform:

  • Do we have a letter writing campaign to target Liberal MPs?
  • The ERRE committee?
  • Media?
  • Do we make phone calls?
  • Have individual meetings with MPs?
  • Have protest rallies?
  • Thank you!
    –Bob Jonkman,
    Co-Chair, Fair Vote Waterloo

    From the Discussion Mailing List:

    It is critical that we create a powerful response that sends a clear message about how upset & angry we are at this betrayal. And how it will impact the next election!

    Anyone can subscribe to the Fair Vote Waterloo Announcements mailing list or the Fair Vote Waterloo Discussion mailing list.

    Tonight: Fair Vote Waterloo Discussion Night at Williams Fresh Cafe on Northfield Drive

    Williams Fresh Cafe on Northfield

    Williams on Northfield

    Tonight it’s time for another Fair Vote Discussion Night. If you’re looking to escape the ghouls and goblins, come talk about:

    • Submissions to the Electoral Reform Committee were due on 7 October — let’s discuss what we’ve all submitted.
    • PM Trudeau backsteps on Electoral Reform: iPolitics
    • PM Trudeau sidesteps on Electoral Reform: The Star
    • Minister Monsef steps in it: Alison Creekside

    This month we’ll meet in the north area of Waterloo Region, the Williams Fresh Cafe on Northfield Drive.

    What: Discussion Night
    When: Monday, 31 October 2016 from 7:00pm to 9:00pm
    Where: William’s Fresh Cafe
    Location: 30 Northfield Drive East, Waterloo, Ontario Map

    Do you have 3 minutes for a more democratic Canada?

    Proportional Representation - Don't settle for lessHello Everyone,

    For those of us seeking meaningful electoral reform today’s first anniversary of the Liberal’s historic federal electoral win has been dampened by an interview in this morning’s Le Devoir with Prime Minister Trudeau. Basically, the Prime Minister said well, maybe just a little change for now.

    Here is an article on the interview and subsequent debate during question period in Parliament today in iPolitics:

    Trudeau taking heat for walking back electoral reform

    For those of you that speak French, here is the link to the Le Devoir article:

    Trudeau ne garantit plus une réforme électorale majeure

    Do you have 3 minutes? Phone or email your MP to let them know that we expect them to keep their election promise to make every vote count! We can’t let them walk away from this election promise, this is our historic opportunity to create a stronger democracy and public policy that serves all Canadians.

    Here are the phone numbers and email addresses of our Waterloo Region Liberal MPs.

    A simple message is all that is needed but if 50 or 75 or 100 of us call or email, the message will be loud and clear: we expect you to keep the promise that 2015 will be the last election under First Past The Post.

    Let’s make sure we get the change we voted for, call or email your MP.

    Thank you!

    Best regards,


    for FVC-WR

    You can get these announcements by e-mail by subscribing to the Fair Vote Waterloo Announcements mailing list or the Fair Vote Waterloo Discussion mailing list.

    dont settle by Laurel L. Russwurm is used under a CC BYCreative Commons — Attribution 2.0 Generic — CC BY 2.0 license.

    Many thanks at Thanksgiving

    Dear FairVoting Friends,

    Happy Thanksgiving. On behalf of FVC-WR, I would like to express our thanks to our many volunteers and supporters that have contributed to the extraordinary work of getting the message for the need of a fair electoral system out to our community in the past year.

    So many hundreds of people have contributed to making our voices heard in support of proportional representation. To those of you that attended planning meetings, lectures, talks and a town hall, signed postcards and petitions, spoke to or emailed your MP, came to monthly discussion meetings, worked on, delivered or arranged for a power point presentation, wrote letters to local and national media, attended a Community Dialogue, submitted a brief to the ERRE or filled in the ERRE questionnaire, to those of you that stood out in the sun and heat at our community tables, donated money to help ensure our work would carry on, held a get together, talked to friends, neighbours or family about electoral reform, so many, many thanks. Our work is dependent on our volunteers and supporters, thank you for your help, support and belief in electoral reform.

    And, our work isn’t done. When the ERRE committee tables their report on December 1st, we will have a better idea of what work 2017 will bring. Today, we can be thankful for our shared commitment to making Canada’s democracy stronger and the opportunity to build a more equitable Canada through a fair electoral system.

    So many thanks to each of you and all the best to you and yours for a happy Thanksgiving.

    Best regards,
    for FVC-WR

    Four Days To Tell The Government That We Want Proportional Representation

    Hello FairVoting Friends,

    The public consultations by the Electoral Reform committee end this Friday at 11:59pm. Minister Monsef has said the government needs to know that there is broad support for change.

    Can you join us in making your voice heard? There are three easy ways to submit your views to the committee.

    You can fill in a questionnaire or submit a brief at the ERRE – Electoral Reform web page.

    People conferencing at a table

    Community Dialogues

    Or you can come to tomorrow night’s Community Dialogue to meet with other like minded Canadians, talk about what we want in an electoral system and write up the discussion to be sent to the government. We start at 6:30pm at the Queen Street Commons, 43 Queen Street South in Kitchener.

    What: Community Dialogue
    When: Tuesday, 4 October 2016 from 6:30pm to 9:00pm
    Where: Queen Street Commons Cafe
    Location: 43 Queen Street South, Kitchener, Ontario Map

    It is important that the government knows that only Proportional Representation will deliver the fairness and equality wanted by Canadians. Let’s make the most of this opportunity!

    Best regards,
    Sharon Sommerville
    for FVC-WR

    You can get these announcements by e-mail by subscribing to the Fair Vote Waterloo Announcements mailing list or the Fair Vote Waterloo Discussion mailing list.

    Tonight: “Make Every Vote Count” at Ayr Branch, Region of Waterloo Library (29 September 2016)

    Make Every Vote Count poster

    Ayr Branch, Region of Waterloo Library hosts Make Every Vote Count presented by Donald A. Fraser of Fair Vote Waterloo.

    Prime Minister Trudeau has promised to make “every vote count” in future elections, and the process of electoral reform is currently underway.

    • Why might the current electoral system benefit from reform?
    • What electoral reforms are being considered?
    • What are their advantages and disadvantages?
    • How is this electoral reform process structured?
    • How can we participate in this process?

    A panel from Fair Vote Waterloo will hold a Question and Answer session after the presentation.

    What: Make Every Vote Count
    When: Thursday, 29 September 2016 from 6:30pm to 8:00pm
    Where: Gingrich Meeting Room, Ayr Public Library
    Location: 137 Stanley Street, Ayr Map

    Pleaser register at Ayr Branch | Make Every Vote Count