Reminding Liberals Rally — Thu, 2 March 2017

Sign: Justin, You Promised | Make Every Vote Count

Protesting

Hello Fellow FairVoters,

The Hon. Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage will be joining Waterloo Region Liberal MPs for a meet & greet at St. John the Evangelist Church, 23 Water Street in Kitchener.

With five Liberal MPs, including two cabinet ministers in one place at one time, we thought we should take this opportunity to remind Liberal politicians that reneging on the promise to end First Past The Post and make every vote count will have consequences.

The meet and greet starts at 6:00 pm, so we will gather at St. John the Evangelist Church (basement entrance on Duke Street) at 5:45 pm. If all the MPs arrive on time, we will rally until 6:15 pm. Bring horns, tooters, drums, signs or funny hats, whatever you like to make a point; we are here, we are disappointed and we aren’t going to forget that you broke your promise to make every vote count.

What: Reminding Liberals Rally
When: Thursday, 2 March 2017 from 5:45pm to 6:15pm
Where: St. John the Evangelist Church, Duke Street entrance
Location: 23 Water St N, Kitchener, Ontario, Canada Map

See you there?

And, the Meet & Greet with the Hon. Mélanie Joly is a public event. If you would like to attend and speak with local Liberal MPs or the Hon. Mélanie Joly about their broken electoral reform promise, please RSVP at Liberal Party of Canada » Meet and Greet with the Hon. Mélanie Joly

With thanks,

Sharon
for FairVoteCanada – Waterloo Region

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More Pictures of the National Day of Action on Electoral Reform, 11 Feb 2017

Pictures from the National Day of Action on Electoral Reform held Saturday, 11 February 2017 at Carl Zehr Square at Kitchener City Hall.

Photos by Laurel L. Russwurm.

Sign: Make My Vote Count

Sign

People listening to speakers

Listening to speakers

Sign: Trudeau broke his promise

Sign

People rallying

Rallying

Sam Nabi

Sam Nabi

Catherine Fife

Catherine Fife

Richard Walsh

Richard Walsh

Sign: Perform On Reform

Perform On Reform

Sign: Support Voter Reform | Make Every Vote Count | for Equity, Social Justice, Climate Justice

Justice

Two signs: Proportional Representation for a Better Democracy | "First Past The Post", Abuse of Dominance, Abuse of Rights, Bad Corporate Behaviour

Signs

David Weber

David Weber

Sign: How Can We Reach Consensus If We Don't Understand Their Alternatives

Consensus

Supporter in the audience

Supporter

Sign: Nobody believes Liberal excuses

No-o-o-obody!

Sam Nabi and Sharon Sommerville

Sam Nabi and Sharon Sommerville

Unhappy citizens in the audience

Unhappy Citizens

Anita Nickerson

Anita Nickerson

An audience member taking pictures

Taking pictures

Sign: 39 ≠ 100

39 ≠ 100

Sign: Justin, You Promised | Make Every Vote Count

Protesting

Catherine Fife

Catherine Fife

Sign: Perform On Reform

Big sign

People in the audience

Rallying

Sign: I want my vote to count

Little sign

Nadia Matos and a camera

CTV News

@Lulex (Louisette Lanteigne) holding a sign: Support Voter Reform | Make Every Vote Count | for Equity, Social Justice, Climate Justice

@Lulex

Bob Jonkman

Bob Jonkman

Sharon Sommerville

Sharon Sommerville

Photographer

Photographer

Tiger Hat

Tiger Hat

Sign: Democracy demands trust | R.I.P. Democracy | PR -- the peoples choice | Lies -- the Prime Ministers

Sign

Oz Cole-Arnal

Oz Cole-Arnal

Mo Markham

Mo Markham

Sign in the gallery: Make My Vote Count

Gallery

Louisette Lanteigne

Louisette Lanteigne

Food Not Bombs

Food Not Bombs

Aden Seaman

Aden Seaman

Stacey Danckert

Stacey Danckert

Lunch is served

Lunch is served

Alim Nathoo

Alim Nathoo

Hat embroidered with the Liberal logo and "Real Betrayal"

Real Betrayal

Rallying dog

Rallying dog

Sign: Just-In | Nous Sommes Canadiens | Not Fringe | We Believed You | Believe In Us | And Just-ice

Nous Sommes Canadiens

Sign: The 1% is the "Fringe" Group PM Trudeau Should Worry About | #PR Now

The 1%

Photos are copyright ©2017 by the photographers, and used under a CC BY-SACreative Commons Attribution ShareAlike license.

Other pictures of the National Day of Action on Electoral Reform

Pictures from the National Day of Action on Electoral Reform

Pictures from the National Day of Action on Electoral Reform held Saturday, 11 February 2017 at Carl Zehr Square at Kitchener City Hall.

Photos by Donald A. Fraser and Laurel L. Russwurm.

Donald Fraser and Byron Weber Becker hold the Proportional Representation for a Better Democracy banner

Donald Fraser and Byron Weber Becker

Sam Nabi is photographed

Sam Nabi

At the National Day of Action on Electoral Reform

At the National Day of Action on Electoral Reform

Lulex Lanteigne and Jonathan Cassels

Lulex Lanteigne and Jonathan Cassels

Catherine Fife

Catherine Fife

Attentive crowd

Attentive crowd

Protest sign: How can we reach consensus if Canadians don't understand their alternatives

Protest sign

Anita Nickerson

Anita Nickerson

The crowd listens to the speakers

Listening

Protestors

Protestors

Sharon Sommerville

Sharon Sommerville

The crowd

The crowd

People holding signs

Signs, signs, everywhere there’s signs

Photos are copyright ©2017 by the photographers, and used under a CC BY-SACreative Commons Attribution ShareAlike license.

More pictures of the National Day of Action on Electoral Reform

See You Saturday

Saturday at 1:00pm we’ll be rallying for Electoral Reform in Carl Zehr Square at Kitchener City Hall.

Fair Vote Waterloo folk planning for Electoral Reform

YOU CAN MAKE EVERY VOTE COUNT!
Some popular hashtags:
#NotFineWith39
#PerformOnReform
#ChaqueVoteCompte
#ERRE
#CDNpoli

Hope to #SeeYouSaturday

Update on National Day of Action on Electoral Reform held Saturday, 11 Feb 2017

Hello FairVoting Friends,

Some great news about tomorrow’s 1:00 pm rally for electoral reform at Kitchener City Hall!

Catherine Fife, MPP for Waterloo will be speaking. Catherine is a long time supporter of Proportional Representation and Fair Vote Canada’s work. We are excited that she will be joining us and are looking forward to her comments.

Jonathan Cassells has agreed to speak! Jonathan is the Kitchener resident who initiated the Petition to the Government of Canada on electoral reform. The petition hit 102,306 signatures this evening which will trigger a debate in the House of Commons. Brilliant citizen advocacy.

The heart of the rally is the open mic. Everyone who wants to share what electoral reform means to them or what they think of the Liberals broken promise will have a chance to speak until the rally’s end at 2:30 pm.

Join us tomorrow at 1:00 pm at Kitchener City Hall to share your story about electoral reform and send a message to our Prime Minister that we expect him to keep his promise to make every vote count.

Sign the Petition to the Government of Canada on electoral reform here: Sign this petition to the House of Commons

See you tomorrow!

Sharon Sommeville
For FVC-WR

PS. The forecast is 6C & sunny!

Canadians want Electoral Reform (OpEd, Waterloo Region Record, 10 Feb 2017)

Mirrored from http://www.therecord.com/opinion-story/7123925-canadians-want-electoral-reform/ on 12 February 2017.


10 February 2017

Canadians want electoral reform

The Record logoWaterloo Region Record
By Sharon Sommerville and Bob Jonkman

We would like to thank The Record for responding to the need to engage Canadians in the discussion about electoral reform by devoting a considerable amount of space to the issue this past year. We would also like to comment on the Feb. 3 editorial, “A Welcome Flip Flop On Voting Reform.” (Mirror)

The editorial states that electoral reform was an important plank in the platform which brought the Liberals to power. Electoral reform was also an important platform for the NDP and the Green party. Fully 63 per cent of Canadians who voted, voted for a party that supports electoral reform. Many Canadians are ready to move to a fairer electoral system precisely because our current system does not serve the majority of Canadians.

Harper’s 2011 majority and Trudeau’s 2015 majority share one thing in common; both majorities were achieved with less than 25 per cent of the eligible vote. In any representative democracy that is unacceptable. What it also means is that in 2015, nine million Canadians cast a vote which didn’t elect anyone, and so they have no effective representation. As a result of this, we disagree with your editorial’s statement that this week’s decision serves Canada well. It does not serve those nine million Canadians that don’t have effective representation in Parliament but it does serve those Canadians that benefit by the status quo; economic and political elites. We can certainly count Prime Minister Trudeau’s Liberals in the latter group.

It is the case that Canada is number six (we tied Ireland for sixth place) on the Economist Intelligence Unit’s 2016 Democracy Index. What your editorial failed to say was that 17 of the 20 nations on the Full Democracy list use some form of proportional representation (PR). This includes the top 15 spots: Norway, Iceland, Sweden, New Zealand and Denmark, Ireland, Switzerland, Finland, Australia (Australia uses Alternative Vote to elect its Lower House and Proportional Representation to elect its Upper House), Luxembourg, Netherlands, Germany, Austria, and Malta. The other two PR holdouts are the U.K. at number 16 and Mauritius at number 18. Clearly, proportional representation is a stable and effective way to elect legislators.

A made-in-Canada solution to our electoral inequality could and should ensure that MPs are directly elected by the voters they represent. Your editorial suggested that this would not be the case. Accountability would be built into a Canadian proportional system. To suggest otherwise muddies the waters of what PR offers.

Your editorial states that there is no widespread desire for change in this country. This is also a misrepresentation. Despite its flaws, the mydemocracy.ca survey overwhelmingly shows that Canadians want parties to share power in government. This is how legislatures elected by proportional representation work.

The failure of the Liberal government to lead on this important policy initiative resulted in the failure of the process and a lost opportunity to usher in an electoral system based on fairness and equality. Fairness and equality is the bedrock of any democracy and the reason that Fair Vote Canada will continue to work to ensure that electoral reform is an election issue in 2019. Every voter deserves effective representation in Parliament.

Sharon Sommerville and Bob Jonkman are co-chairs of Fair Vote Canada Waterloo Region.

See other media articles, columns, interviews, and letters to the editor by Fair Vote Waterloo members

February 11th Day of Action For Electoral Reform

This is our spiffy poster for Saturday’s National Day of Action for ELECTORAL REFORM event.

If you can print a few copies to put up in your neighborhood that would be enormously helpful.

You can Download the full size colour PDF here (4 MBytes)

or Download the full size Black and White PDF here (3 MBytes)

or Download the full size Duotone PDF here (1 MByte)

or choose the jpg image size you want from Flickr

This poster is released with a CC0Creative Commons 0 Public Domain Dedication which allows anyone to legally print and use it for any purpose.

If you’re in or near Waterloo Region, Ontario, please print and distribute as many posters as possible on public property where allowed Be sure to get permission before posting on private property, in retail stores, on community bulletin boards etc.

Help Make This Event A Success!

COME

Plan to attend if you can, and bring as many friends, family members, neighbors, co-workers, your kid’s teachers … anyone you know!  This isn’t about politicians , it is really about us… we deserve to have our votes count.  It’s only fair!

SHARE
Share the event on your social media.

FACEBOOK

Sign up on the Facebook Event Page
https://www.facebook.com/events/1371976016188409/

Share the event (click on the “share” button at the top of the right sidebar and choose where to share)

TWITTER

Retweet @FairVoteWaterloo’s event announcement

and other tweets about the event between now and Saturday.

For making your own tweets, the event hashtags include:
#PerformOnReform
#ChaqueVoteCompte
#SeeYouSaturday
#ERRE
#CDNpoli

Bring Your Own Sign

Give your inner child free reign to create your very own sign!

If you’ve got kids, get them involved ~ make it a family art project.  Use Bristol Board or just ordinary cardboard.

Sign Tips

Keep it Simple : One Idea per sign (although you can have another on the back of a double sided sign)

Black and white, primary colours

Big easy to read letters

Not everyone feels they are artistic, so if you’re feeling inspired, if you make extras, no doubt there will be folks happy to carry them.

If you are looking for inspiration, you might get some ideas from the graphics in my PR For Canada or ERRE Flickr Albums.

Sign the Petition

Whether or not you can make it out on Saturday, you can sign the record breaking (85552 signatures as of writing) House of Commons e-616 ePetition here.  You don’t need to set up an account to sign, but you will need to confirm in email before it counts.  As I understand it this one was started by a Waterloo gent.


There is still time for the Canadian Government to adopt electoral reform in time for 2019.
That’s would still be the BEST possible outcome for Canadians.
And it just *might* happen if we make enough noise now.
(If not, we can get to work on making sure the next government does.)

Regards,
Laurel

Choose a date for the Fair Vote Waterloo Campaign Tactics meeting

At our Strategy Meeting: Next Steps held Monday, 5 February 2017 we decided to hold a meeting to come up with some tactics for the continuing campaign to get Electoral Reform.

When are you available for a Campaign Tactics Meeting? Select the dates for which you’re available, or if none of these suit you, add a date and time for which you are available. Oh, let us know if you may be able to host this meeting. We’re looking for a location with a large working surface (Cafeteria tables? Ping Pong club? Quilting table?)

This poll is closed! Poll activity:
Start date 07-02-2017 00:00:01
End date 15-02-2017 23:59:59
Poll Results:
When can you come to a Fair Vote Waterloo meeting about Campaign Tactics in February 2017?

Simple plurality decides which date – most votes wins!

Have you sent the PM a “howler”?

Hello Everyone,

Do you remember what happened when parents sent their children stern letters to Hogwarts in the Harry Potter series? Those letters were called “howlers”, they were delivered by owl, dropped on the dining table in front of the student, smoking and screeching.

Yesterday Justin Trudeau reneged on a key campaign promise to deliver electoral reform. In doing so, he betrayed the good will and hope that so many Canadians placed in him and the Liberal Party of Canada. Now it is time to let Prime Minister Trudeau know that not delivering on your promise of fair representation for all Canadians will have real consequences. Send the Prime Minister and local Liberal MPs a howler.

If you haven’t had time yet, I encourage you to send Waterloo Regional Liberals and Justin Trudeau a great “howler” via phone or email. And, a howler doesn’t have to be long, it can be as short and blunt message as you wish.

Contact information for is below.

With thanks,
Sharon Sommerville
for FVC–WR

Bardish Chagger
Bardish.Chagger.P9@parl.gc.ca
+1–613–996–5928 — Ottawa  Office
+1–519–746–1573 — Waterloo Office
 
Bryan May
Bryan.May.P9@parl.gc.ca
+1–613–996–1307 — Ottawa Office
+1–519–624–7440 — Cambridge Office
 
Raj Saini
Raj.Saini.P9@parl.gc.ca
+1–613–995–8913 — Ottawa Office
+1–519–741–2001 — Kitchener Office
 
Marwan Tabbara
Marwan.Tabbara.P9@parl.gc.ca
+1–613–992–1063 — Ottawa Office
+1–519–571–5509 — Kitchener Office
 
Justin Trudeau
Justin.Trudeau.P9@parl.gc.ca
+1–613–995–0253 — Ottawa Office (or perhaps +1–613–992–4211)
+1–514–277–6020 — Montreal Office
 
 
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