In two hours, electoral reform was mentioned only briefly

Martin Regg Cohn’s column on February 26 about low voter turnout in Ontario claimed the electorate is more alienated and disengaged than at any time in history.

Cohn then chaired a Ryerson Democracy Forum of the four party leaders and reported the results in a second column on March 2. The exchange was thoughtful, civil and collegial prompting Cohn’s question “Why can’t you be like this all the time?”

Ontario’s voter turnout is the worst in Canada and much lower than in most other democracies in the world. Reasons put forward by participants included the feeling that people’s votes don’t matter, broken promises, negativity and partisanship.

In two hours electoral reform was mentioned only briefly by the NDP and Green leaders with no discussion. What a travesty! Federal and provincial governments have been told that 90% of EU and OECD countries use proportional representation where all votes count, voter turnouts are much higher, more voices are heard, and there is much more collaboration and less negativity.

David Arthur, Kitchener

Fair Vote Waterloo Discussion Night, 7pm, Wednesday, 25 April 2018

Group discussionHi everyone: This week marks the last Wednesday of the month, and time for another Fair Vote Discussion Night.

There’s no particular topic this time, but there’s an election coming up and we’ll surely find something to discuss. Among other things, FairvoteWRC is participating in at least two All Candidate Meetings; what could we possibly ask them about?

What: FairvoteWRC Discussion Night
When: Wednesday, 25 April 2018 from 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Where: Community Meeting Room, Bread & Roses Co-op
Location: 307 Queen Street South, Kitchener Map 1

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

All Candidate Meetings

For the curious, here are the details for the All Candidate Meetings:

What: Meet The Candidates: Kitchener Centre
When: Wednesday, 23 May 2018 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Where: St. John the Evangelist Church
Location: 23 Water St. North, Kitchener Map 3

What: Meet The Candidates: Waterloo
When: Tuesday, 29 May 2018 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Where: First United Church
Location: 16 William Street West, Waterloo Map 4

See you Wednesday!

–Bob.