An Opportunity To Contribute To Provincial Electoral Reform Legislation

Good Morning FairVoting Friends,

The Provincial government is currently reviewing the Municipal Elections Act and considering electoral alternatives to First Past the Post. For the next seven weeks, the government is accepting submissions from citizens on their views on the Ranked Ballot. Ranked Ballot, when used to elect members in multi-member districts is a proportional system known as Single Transferable Vote (STV). Here in Waterloo Region it would mean we would elect Region Council using STV, a proportional electoral system.

This is an extraordinary opportunity to influence government policy and it is actually easy. The discussion paper and online questionnaire which you can use to let the government know your views is here:

Municipal Elections Act Review (http://www.mah.gov.on.ca/Page11112.aspx)

Click on Ranked Ballot and scroll down the page to the questionnaire.

We can have proportional representation in Waterloo Region if the government allows Ranked Ballots to be used in municipal elections. Please take a few minutes to fill in the questionnaire, it is only seven questions and help bring STV to Waterloo Region.

No matter what the issue, at which ever level of government, the key to good governance is who make the decisions. Let’s help the Ontario government choose Ranked Ballots and get STV in multi-member districts.

Thank you for your time and support of fair elections.

Best wishes,
Sharon Sommerville
for FVC – WR.

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