Car Pool To Justin Trudeau’s Town Hall In London, Friday, 13 January 2017

Note the change in venue: Now held at Alumni Hall, Western University
1151 Richmond Street, London, Ontario: Western to play host to PM Town Hall event

Good Day Fair Voting Friends,

Tomorrow evening, Friday, 13 January 2017, Justin Trudeau will hold a town hall in London. It is possible that the issue of electoral reform will be raised, it would be so helpful if there were PR supporters in the audience.

If you are interested in attending, there is the possibility of a car pool to make the trip easier and more fun.

Email me at: if you would like to join the car pool.

The town hall is being organized by London Liberal MP Peter Fragiskatos. Attendees are being asked to RSVP. You can RSVP at Peter Fragiskatos’s website: Important Information Regarding the Prime Minister’s Town Hall

All the best,
for FVC-WR

What: Justin Trudeau Town Hall
When: Friday, 13 January 2017 at 6:30pm
Where: Alumni Hall, Western University
Location: 1151 Richmond Street, London, Ontario Map

Where: Carling Heights Optimist Community Centre (CHOCC)
Location: 656 Elizabeth Street, London, Ontario Map

More info: Peter Fragiskatos website

Reminder: Fair Vote Waterloo Strategy Meeting Tomorrow, 7:00pm, Wednesday, 11 January 2017


Just a reminder that Fair Vote Waterloo is having a strategy meeting at 7:00pm tomorrow, Wednesday, 11 January 2017 to discuss how we can continue to let our Members of Parliament know that we still want Electoral Reform. Everybody is welcome to attend! You don’t need to be a member of Fair Vote, or have a degree in political science!

What: Fair Vote Waterloo 2017 New Year’s Strategy Meeting
When: Wednesday, 11 January 2017 from 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Where: Sharon Sommerville’s dining room
Location: 85 Westmount Road South, Waterloo, Ontario Map

Plenty of parking on Douglas Street, and you can come in at the back door at the end of the driveway off Douglas.

From the CBC

Gould, 29, is the youngest female cabinet minister in Canadian history.

The Burlington, Ont., MP is an Oxford University graduate and a trade and investment specialist who worked for the Mexican Trade Commission before her foray into federal politics.

There has been a most interesting development this week: A cabinet shuffle has replaced Maryam Monsef as the Minister of Democratic Institutions with rookie MP Karina Gould. We can discuss how this will affect the Liberals’ promise of electoral reform.

Chrystia Freeland takes over Foreign Affairs as Trudeau shuffles cabinet – Politics – CBC News

The 3 new faces of Justin Trudeau’s Liberal cabinet – Politics – CBC News

Notes from previous strategy meetings:

The home stretch for electoral reform

Sharon Sommerville

Sharon Sommerville

Hello and Happy New Year!,

This month, we are moving into the home stretch for electoral reform. After a very busy and at times controversial summer and fall of MP, ministerial & committee consultations, tabling of the ERRE report and the arrival of the survey, the government recently confirmed that they are on track to introduce legislation on electoral reform in May. This means that when the House re-convenes latter this month, Liberal MPs will be taking action on electoral reform. We have a little over two weeks to convince our four regional Liberal MPs that they should support proportional representation when they talk in caucus or cabinet.

The best tool we have is to talk or write to our respective MPs. It isn’t too late to get an appointment with your MP or if an appointment isn’t possible, write an email or letter. Can you take a few minutes to book an appointment, write an email or letter? Our local Liberal MPs have been resolute in their public neutrality on electoral reform but they will be making this important decision in the coming weeks in caucus and cabinet. This is possibly our last opportunity to let our MPs know that they have a responsibility to honour their campaign promise to make every vote count. Please let them know that fairness, equality, accountability, good governance and local representation are all possible through proportional representation and nothing else will fulfill their promise to make every vote count.

Contact information for all MPs can be found here: Current Members of Parliament | Parliament of Canada

Please let me know if you can help make fair elections a reality in 2019!

All the best in 2017,

for FVC-WR

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No Discussion Night in December 2016

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, everyone!

Since we’re right in the middle of those two celebrations I expect everyone is too busy with family, friends, and food to be going out for a Discussion Night. So we’ll skip December’s Discussion Night, and resume in January.


Also, don’t forget the upcoming Strategy Meeting:

What: Fair Vote Waterloo 2017 New Year’s Strategy Meeting
When: Wednesday, 11 January 2017 from 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Where: Sharon Sommerville’s dining room
Location: 85 Westmount Road South, Waterloo, Ontario Map

Notes from previous strategy meetings:

Group discussion

Group discussion

Back on the last Wednesday of the month in 2017:

What: January 2017 Discussion Night
When: Wednesday, 25 January 2017 from 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Where: To Be Determined

If you have a preference for a location for the January 2017 Discussion Night please let me know!

– –Bob.

A Christmas Poem for Proportional Representation

All I Want For Christmas Is Proportional RepresentationHello & Season’s Greetings,

On behalf of the Board of Fair Vote Canada Waterloo Region Chapter, I would like to extend our very best wishes to you and yours for a joyful & safe holiday season.

Here is a little holiday cheer which we hope you will enjoy. This wonderful poem came from Ann Remnant in Alberta.

Oh Liberal MP, oh Liberal dear

Pull up a chair and lend me your ear.

My tale is short, I won’t keep you long

Just a wee ask to fix a big wrong.

Twas not long ago Trudeau made clear

FPTP had had its last year.

The people cheered and voted in trust

that Trudeau’s Liberals would fix the unjust.

The committee studied, all summer through

With a survey, emails, and many a backyard do.

A PR system was the favoured choice

of committee experts and the peoples’ voice.

So, quite shocking it was to hear Trudeau say

Hey! ‘Canadians actually think I’m okay’

Then, Monsef to a room full of PR support!

“There’s no consensus” I regret to report.

It’s truly awesome to be a Liberal MP devoting yourself to the entire country.

Pardon, I do not intend to insult or provoke

But, be wary, your power depends on our vote.

The time is short and the task is great

To keep the promise our PM did state.

Please give thought, ‘mid the season’s jollity

To how you will fix our democracy.

All the best!

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.

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

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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!

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