The Vote Has Been Counted And The Question Is What Do Liberals Stand For?

Dear FairVoting Supporters,

On Wednesday, 31 May 2017, the House of Commons voted 159 to 146 against adopting the recommendations of the Electoral Reform Committee. Two Liberal MPs voted for the motion: Nathaniel Erskine-Smith (Beaches-East York) and Sean Casey (Charlottetown). Our thanks to MPs Erskine-Smith and Casey for keeping the promise they campaigned on and standing up for what they believe in.

Our local Liberal MPs did not support the motion. We have heard a variety of reasons: couldn’t support an NDP motion, couldn’t support a referendum and no national consensus on change or a voting system.

We elected the Liberal Party to offer leadership on electoral reform. For electoral reform, leadership means making the case for change. Instead of leading, the LPC hid behind a bogus consultation process and claimed there was no consensus.

Strengthening Canada’s democracy through establishing a fair and equitable electoral system is non-partisan issue because democracy is a non-partisan issue.

There are a number of ways to deal with a referendum if there is the will to do so but if you are looking for a backdoor, you will find one.

The movement toward a fair voting system for Canada isn’t over, it isn’t even close.

More Canadians than ever understand the need for electoral reform. We will keep working until Canada has an electoral system that serves Canadians not just the two largest political parties. This issue is alive and will be an election issue in 2019.

Tonight Liberal MPs across the country should be asking themselves what they actually stand for; as Anita Nickerson’s outstanding letter in yesterday’s Record said: if you don’t represent your campaign promises and you don’t represent the evidence and you don’t represent the wishes of your constituents, what do you represent?

See the full letter here:

Government should keep its promise | TheRecord.com (Mirror)

So many thanks to everyone who phoned their MPs, who put in hours canvassing, who visited your MP or wrote letters to the Record and their MP. What an amazing effort and a great campaign! Thank you all!

FVC-WR will be at the tri-Pride Festival this Saturday from noon to 8 pm in Victoria Park. It is always a great day and the weather promises to be sunny and warm. Please come and see us there!

Onward!

Sharon for FVC-WR


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Monday & Tuesday: Our Last Kick At The Electoral Reform Can Before 2019!

Hello FairVoting Friends,

This is it! On Wednesday, 31 May 2017, MPs will vote on adopting the recommendations of the ERRE committee report. Monday and Tuesday is our chance to ask our local MPs to vote for the motion.

Can you call your MP Monday or Tuesday to let them know you want them to vote in favour of the motion? The more people who call, the stronger our message. And, we need to send a strong message to our MPs. They promised to be the voice of their constituents in Ottawa. Let’s make them keep that promise as well as the promise to end FPTP.

Here are the telephone numbers of our local MPs:

Waterloo — Bardish Chagger: +1–519–746–1573

Kitchener Centre — Raj Saini: +1–519–741–2001

Kitchener South – Hespeler — Marwan Tabbara: +1–519–571–5509

Cambridge — Bryan May: +1–519–624–7440

Kitchener – Conestoga — Harold Albrecht: +1–519–578–3773

You can even call after office hours and leave a message. If you have any questions, please email me at sharonsommerville@gmail.com

Thank you for taking action!

All the best,

Sharon
for FVC-WR


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Letter to the Editor: On the Motion to Concur with the Report of the Electoral Reform Committee

This letter was submitted to Waterloo Region Record, and printed on 27 May 2017. It does not appear to be on The Record’s web site.

Dear Editor,

I am writing to you concerning a coming motion in Parliament to “concur” with the Report of the Electoral Reform (ER) Committee. Traditionally such a vote has always been a free vote.

Voting to concur will allow the subject of ER to regain Parliamentary attention. 88% of the contributors to the ER process recommended Proportional Representation (PR) as Canada’s new means of choosing its MPs.

This report should not be ignored by MPs and allowed to simply collect dust. I hope that all our local MPs will take advantage of the chance to vote their conscience, ensure equitable representation for all Canadians by ending First Past the Post (FPTP) and vote in support of the motion to adopt the ER committee’s recommendations.

Just two short years ago the Liberal Party was in third place demonstrating that our fickle FPTP system is unstable and subject to emotional mood swings of the electorate. This causes many problems such as the Policy Pendulum, strategic voting, discouraged and disenfranchised voters, lack of long term planning etc.

With the growing danger of Trumpism spreading to Canada as evidenced in the platforms of several Conservative leadership candidates, we need to protect our country by introducing a cooperative government structure.

Yours Truly,

Donald A Fraser

Fair Vote Canada releases poll that confirms Canadians want Proportional Reprentation

Good Evening FairVoting Friends,

Last week FairVote Canada released the results of a poll done by Strategic Communications between April 22 – May 9th, 2017. 15,806 people were surveyed in 20 Liberal ridings and the results confirm that there is a consensus in support of proportion representation.

Closer to home, results from Kitchener Centre are clear: 82% of respondents support proportional representation and 75% of respondents want Raj Saini to advocate for PR in Parliament.

This is the report from Strategic Communications: Fair Vote Canada National Survey IVR Report (.PDF, 1.1 MBytes)

Can you help spread the word that Kitchener Centre wants electoral reform? Two posters that can be used on social media are below.

On 31 May 2017, Parliament will discuss and vote on an NDP motion to adopt the recommendations of the electoral reform committee to move to a moderate form of PR. Stay tuned for information about a campaign to tell Liberal MPs to keep their promise on electoral reform and vote in favour of the NDP motion.

With thanks,
Sharon
FVC-WR

Constituents in Kitchener Centre support proportional representation | In a proportional system, every possible vote will count toward electing someone from the party you support. Under our current first-past-the-post system, if you vote for a candidate that does not win, your vote will not elect a representative. Are you in favour of a system that would make every possible vote count toward representation? | Yes=82%, No=18% of decided constituents | Tell Raj Saini to vote YES to PR

Constituents in Kitchener Centre want MP Raj Saini to stand up for PR | Do you want your Member of Parliament, Raj Saini, to advocate in the House of Commons that the Liberal government keep its promise, and change our system to proportional representation in time for the next election? | Yes=75%, No=25% of decided constituents | There is a consensus | Tell Raj Saini to vote YES to PR