Fair Vote Waterloo Discussion Night: Gordon Nicholls presents MMPPR

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Hi Everyone: February is a short month, so that means Discussion Night is here sooner than I expected. We have another interesting topic to discuss this month: MMPPR, a voting system that combines Preferential Voting with Mixed Member Proportional, presented by Gordon Nicholls.


What: Discussion Night
When: Wednesday, 28 February 2018 from 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Where: Community Meeting Room, Bread & Roses Co-op
Location: 307 Queen Street South, Kitchener Map 1

Gordon will explain the problems he sees with other proposed voting systems, and will show how MMPPR overcomes them. We’ll get sample ballots, and hold an election simulation!

You can read Gordon’s paper: A compromise proposal for a Canadian electoral system that would retain all current ridings (49 kBytes, MS-Word document)

Parking:

If you’re driving to Discussion Night at Bread And Roses, place a note on the dashboard of your vehicle:

Meeting in Community Room re: Apt 107 from 7-9pm

and park in the north lot, on the other side of the Morrison-Reist building Map 2

Spring 2018 Planning Meeting

And next month we’re going to plan our summer activities:

What: Spring 2018 Planning Meeting
When: Sunday, 18 March 2018 from 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Where: Sharon Sommerville’s house
Location: 34 Aberdeen Road, Kitchener, Ontario Map 3

At which festivals and events will we put up an info table? What public events can we put on? Should we host All-Candidates meetings for the provincial election? Join us, and gives us your input!

–Bob Jonkman
Co-Chair, Fair Vote Waterloo

Pictures of our Unhappy Anniversary Party

On Wednesday, 31 January 2018 we held our regular Discussion Night. Laurel Russwurm baked an Unhappy Anniversary Cake, Donald Fraser brought beverages, and everyone pitched in to uncelebrate the first anniversary of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s broken promise on Electoral Reform.

After cake, Dave Arthur gave an excellent presentation on voting thresholds.

Join the FVC ThunderClap!

Hello FairVoting Friends,

Feb. 1st is the anniversary of the Liberal government breaking its promise to make 2015 the last election using First Past The Post (FPTP).

There is a lot we can do to let PM Trudeau know that we aren’t going to forget his broken promise and disinterest in ensuring that our electoral system works for every Canadian.

Fair Vote Canada is organizing a ThunderClap for 1 February 2018 and an online pledge in support of a press conference by Nathan Cullen (NDP Democratic Reform Critic) and Elizabeth May (leader of the Green Party of Canada) to mark the first anniversary of our government’s broken promise.

Discussion NightAnd, tomorrow night Fair Vote Waterloo is hosting an “Unhappy First Anniversary Party.” Join us to have cake and tweet lots of “Unhappy Anniversary” pictures to our local Liberal MPs and PM.

After the cake & pics, Dave Arthur will discuss the impact of thresholds in Proportional Representation systems.

We will meet Wednesday, 31 January 2018 at 7:00pm in the Community Room at the Bread and Roses Housing Co-op, 307 Queen Street South, at Courtland in Kitchener. Map 1 If you are coming by car, please park in the north parking lot Map 2 and place a note on the dashboard of your vehicle:

Meeting in Community Room re Apt 107 from 7-9pm

Unhappy about the broken electoral reform promise? Join the ThunderClap, sign the online pledge, eat cake!

All the best,

Sharon 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.

First Anniversary of the Liberal Broken Election Reform Promise

This letter was sent to roughly 450 newspapers … some from really small communities from some of which I got the message “editor not in today, back next week”…

Dear Editor,

Re: First Anniversary of the Liberal Broken Election Reform Promise

On February 1, we remember sadly the first anniversary of Justin’s broken election promise who pledged so enthusiastically in his campaign that the 2015 election was the last under our antiquated “First-past-the-post” (FPTP) system. FPTP gave Harper a majority in 2011 with only 39.4% of the vote and gave Trudeau his present majority with only 39.6%.

In truth, the PM did not promise Proportional Representation (PR) which is the only fair system that makes every vote count equally by giving each Party the same percentage of seats in Ottawa as their votes won in the election. He did promise to look “fully and fairly” at our electoral system but, as became clear later, he actually preferred ranked ballot which under most models would have given the Liberals, the centrist party of Canada, in excess of 200 seats instead of the 184 they received at election time.

During the election reform process, over 80% of the submissions made by interested and informed individuals across Canada indicated a decisive preference for PR. PR in Canada would almost certainly result in cooperative non-majority government and continuity in policy as opposed to the “policy pendulum” in which each new government cancels or guts the legislation of the previous one at great expense.

We need the stability of good long term planning, cooperation among MPs and sound, robust policy that PR brings.

Let us all insist on this change for the better.

Yours Truly,

Donald A Fraser,
Waterloo, Ontario

donaldafraser@gmail.com

Our meeting with Minister Chagger and a letter in The Record

Meeting with Minister Chagger in 2016

Good Morning FairVoting Friends,

On Thursday, seven supporters of proportional representation met with The Honourable Bardish Chagger to express our support for electoral reform. Our goal was to keep the conversation about electoral reform going despite the government’s decision not to reform our electoral system.

The meeting was respectful and positive. Everyone had an opportunity to express their views and Minister Chagger promised to send our comments to The Hon. Karina Gould, Minister of Democratic Institutions.

Minister Chagger also said it is always worthwhile to come to talk with her so please take her up on it! If you would like to help keep the issue on the table, live in the riding of Waterloo and would like to speak with Minister Chagger, please contact her office to book an appointment. She can be reached at: bardish.chagger@parl.gc.ca

There is a letter to the editor in today’s Record which you might be interested in. It is a response to last Saturday’s article by Luisa D’Amato.

Letter to the Editor: Broken Promises (Mirror)

And, the one year anniversary of the government reneging on their promise to reform our electoral system is coming up on February 1st. Join us for an Unhappy First Anniversary Party on Wed. Jan. 31st at the Bread & Roses Co-Op, 307 Queen St. S, Kitchener Map in the Community Room at 7 p.m. More on that later!

Till then,

Sharon 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.

Trudy Beaulne Remembered

Trudy Beaulne

Trudy Beaulne Introduces the Panelists at the panel discussion Is the Fair Elections Act Fair?

Last Friday, Trudy Beaulne, director of the Social Development Council of Waterloo Region, passed away.

The Board of Directors of Fair Vote Canada Waterloo Region Chapter would like to express our condolences to Trudy’s family and all those who will feel her loss.

Trudy was a woman of strength, intelligence and compassion. Her work to strengthen our communities and improve the lives of individuals was an enormous gift to Waterloo Region. Trudy used her gifts to benefit others; her impact and legacy will remain with all whose lives she touched. Trudy will be remembered and greatly missed.

Sincerely,
Sharon Sommerville
for FairVote Canada – Waterloo Region

Trudy Beaulne obituary | The Record

“Is the Fair Elections Act Fair?” pictures by Bob Jonkman are licensed Creative Commons LicenseCC-BY.

Season’s Greetings From Fair Vote Canada Waterloo Region Chapter

All I Want For Christmas Is Proportional Representation Hello FairVoting Friends,

The Fair Vote Canada Waterloo Region Chapter would like to wish you and yours all the very best of the festive season.

And, to invite you to celebrate the season together at our festive pot luck on Wednesday, December 27th 2017 at 7pm. The get together is at 34 Aberdeen Road in Kitchener. Map

Safe & happy holidays to all!,

Sharon
for FVC-WR

All I Want For Christmas Is PR postcard by Laurel L. Russwurm is used under a CC 0 (Public Domain)Creative Commons — CC0 1.0 Universal (Public Domain dedication) license.

Reminder: Discussion Night, 7pm on Wed, 29 Nov 2017 at Bread and Roses

Group discussion Hi all: Just a quick reminder of tonight’s Discussion Night:

What: Fair Vote Waterloo November 2017 Discussion Night
When: Wednesday, 29 November 2017 from 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Where: Community Meeting Room, Bread & Roses Co-op
Location: 307 Queen Street South, Kitchener, Ontario Map 1

Topics:

1 February 2018

The first of February marks the anniversary of the Liberals’ broken promise on Electoral Reform. What should we do to remind them that this is unacceptable? Another rally? A march from one MP’s office to another? Let’s make some plans!

BC Referendum

The BC provincial government will be holding a referendum on proportional representation in 2018, and it is not without opposition. BC Liberal MLA Todd Stone pulls out the usual argument of “We’ll be having perpetual coalition governments like we have right now, where you have the tail wagging the dog” — If the Liberals had been open to a collaborative government with the Greens then they could have been the whole dog!

Electoral reform an attack on democracy, Stone says — Alberni Valley News

We can discuss how we can provide support for the BC referendum. Fair Vote Canada has just launched a campaign, with accounts on Facebook, Twitter and soon on Instagram:

Facebook: Fair Vote Canada-BC

Twitter: @fvc_BC

Holiday Get-Together

The regular Discussion Night (last Wednesday of the month) falls on 27 December 2017 next month. Since that’s right in the middle of the holidays, perhaps we should have a Holiday Get-Together instead! Save the date, plans for a social night are in the works!

Parking:

If you’re driving to tonight’s Discussion Night at Bread And Roses, place a note on the dashboard of your vehicle:

Meeting in Community Room re Apt 107 from 7-9pm

and park in the north lot, on the other side of the Morrison-Reist building Map 2

See you Wednesday!

–Bob.

Our Meeting With Raj Saini

Fair Vote WRC visits RajHello Fairvoting Friends,

On Friday afternoon, a group of nine of us meet with Raj Saini, Liberal MP for Kitchener Centre. Nine folks pretty much fills Raj’s office! We presented Raj with this summer’s petition which asked that his party keep their campaign promise and enact legislation to change our electoral system in time for 2019. There were well over 500 signatures on the petition.

Our message was strong, clear, passionate and respectful. Each of us had time to speak directly to Raj about why they care about electoral reform. Those comments were very powerful.

People spoke about the inevitability of electoral reform as our own experience and recent polls (In late October Insights West found that 67% of Canadians want the Liberal government to keep its promise on electoral reform; in early October Angus Reid found the same) & the evidence that supports change. One of us emphasized that this is a legacy issue as Prime Minister Trudeau’s father before him established by patriating our Constitution and raised the question of what side of history do you and your party want to be on? One of us asked him, “I know, that you know that PR is the way to go to establish a fair electoral system, what happen?” One of us asked, what can we do to help you support PR?. One wanted to finally, after 40 years of voting, to be represented by someone they voted for.

We addressed Trudeau’s statement that the decision to renege on the promise of electoral reform was his to make and he made it because they weren’t going to be able to institute Alternative Vote (June 2017, Iqaluit, Nunavut). We raised the anti-democratic nature of that statement. Raj spoke about the threat of a referendum being the justification for not moving forward with electoral reform. We knew that because the Liberals were unwilling to negotiate with the NDP & Greens to bring about the ERRE recommendations, the NDP & Greens brokered a deal with the Conservatives. To bring in a majority report from the ERRE committee, the price was a referendum.

Raj promised to present our petition to the House and speak with the Minister of Democratic Institutions about our concerns. We thank Raj for taking those actions and for the respectful conversation we had on Friday.

There is interest in putting a group together to speak with the Hon. Bardish Chagger, Liberal MP for Waterloo. If anyone is interested in going to meet with Minister Chagger, please let me know and we will arrange a meeting. You can reach me at:

sharonsommerville@gmail.com

A sincere thank you to the eight fair voting supporters who attended Friday’s meeting. Everyone’s passion, honesty and determination is inspiring.

With thanks to all our supporters for your continued support as we work toward building a better Canada.

Best wishes,
Sharon
for FVC-WR

Reminding Raj Saini about Electoral Reform

Fair Vote WRC visits Raj

Friday’s Petition Crew

To encourage the Liberals to keep their promise to reform our electoral system,on Friday afternoon (November 10th, 2017) we delivered our 500+ signature Fair Vote petition to Kitchener Centre MP Raj Saini.  We had a brief opportunity to meet with Mr. Saini to explain our frustrations with his government’s failure to deliver on their oft repeated Electoral Reform Promise.

Mr Saini told us the only reason he voted against accepting the ERRE report was the inclusion of a referendum.  (Of course, had the Liberals on the ERRE Committee had been willing to work across party lines with the Greens and NDP there would have been no need for the inclusion of a referendum in the report.)  He did, however, promise to submit the Petition to the House of Commons.

In case you’ve forgotten, this is what Mr. Saini had to say about electoral reform before he was elected MP.