Discussion Night at @FairvoteWRC: Election Results Analysis, Wednesday 26 June 2019

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Hi all: It’s time for another Discussion Night, since there is much to discuss.

First, there’s some business from Fair Vote Canada:

  • Report from the Fair Vote Canada Annual General Meeing held in Ottawa last weekend
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  • meeting with Karina Gould
  • Citizen’s Assembly visits to Liberal MPs. Anita (Fair Vote Canada Executive Director) has asked us to ask Bardish Chagger & Raj Saini to introduce the idea of a CA as a non-partisan, legitimate way forward for electoral reform. We need to ask for volunteers to make a friendly visit.

And there’s some business for the Waterloo Region Chapter:

  • door knocking campaign & federal election strategy
  • meetings with NDP & Green Party candidates in Waterloo Region
  • Volunteers needed to staff info tables for Kultrun (13-14 July) and Nonviolence Day In The Park (20 July); perhaps other events

Finally, some discussion: There have been four by-elections in Canada in the past few months:

  • Three on 25 February 2019, including Burnaby South won by NDP leader Jagmeet Singh with 39% of the vote.
  • One on 6 May 2019 won by Green Party candidate Paul Manly with 37% of the vote.

In total, there have been 21 by-elections since the general election in 2015.

Provincially, there were two elections:

  • Alberta on 16 April 2019, won by the United Conservative Party with 55% of the vote and 52% of the seats (30/87).
  • Prince Edward Island on 23 April 2019, won by the Progressive Conservative party with 37% of the vote and 44% of the seats (12/27). This election was notable for electing eight Green members, who form the Opposition.
  • Newfoundland and Labrador on 16 May 2019, won by the Liberals with 44% of the vote and 50% of the seats (20/40).

Internationally, there were also some elections of interest:

  • 17 April 2019: Indonesian general election, won by the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle with 19% of the vote and 22% of the seats (128/575), using an open-list, multi-member system. There is a threshold of 4% for representation. Interestingly, Indonesia has a gender quota for 30% female candidates. Wikipedia: 2019 Indonesian general election
  • 28 April 2019: Spanish general election, resulting in an upset of the previous Congress of Deputies. Spain has a mixture of single member ridings, and multi-member ridings with two to four members, elected with a full block vote, closed list, proportional system. The election was won by the PSOE (Spanish Socialist Worker’s Party) with 29% of the vote and 35% of the seats (123/350). A total of 64 parties participated in the election. There is a threshold of 3% for representation. Electoral system details are at 2019 Spanish general election
  • 19 May 2019: Indian general election, won by the Bharatiya Janata Party with 37% of the vote and 55% of the seats (303/543). India uses a First-Past-The-Post system: 2019 Indian general election
  • 26 May 2019: Belgian general election, using a method of party-list proportional representation, won by the New Flemish Alliance with 16% of the vote and 17% of the seats (25/150). A ruling coalition has not yet been formed, with an extension to 1 July from the original date of 6 June, extended to 17 June. There is a 5% threshold for representation. Electoral system details: 2019 Belgian federal election
  • 26 May 2019: European Parliament election, won by the European People’s Party Group with 21% of the vote and 24% of the seats (179/751). Voting systems differ in various countries, but all must use a proportional system with either Single Transferable Vote or a party-list system. Representation thresholds also vary from country to country. Wikipedia: Election to the European Parliament
  • 5 June 2019: Danish general election, using a party-list proportional system, won by the Social Democrats with 26% of the votes and 27% of the seats (47/129). The ruling coalition “Red Bloc” gained a total of 49% of the vote (slightly more when including Greenland and the Faroe Islands) and 52% of the seats (93/179). There is a 2% threshold for representation. Electoral system details: 2019 Danish general election

If anyone has lots of spare time, it would be interesting to see the Gallagher Index for each of these elections.

What: Fair Vote Waterloo Discussion Night
When: Wednesday, 26 June 2019 from 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Where: Community Room, Bread and Roses Co-op
Location: 307 Queen Street South, Kitchener Map

As always, if you’re driving please park in the north lot, and place a note in your window:

Meeting in Community Room re Apt 107 from 7-9pm

North Parking Lot Map 2

See you all on Wednesday!

–Bob Jonkman
Fair Vote Waterloo Secretary and Discussion Night Organizer

Mail to: info@fairvotewrc.ca
Phone: +1-519-279-2990

Discussion Night: Electoral Systems in Turkey

Discussion Night Happy Spring, Fair Voters! This past week at the Cross Cultures 2019 U N International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination Fair Vote Waterloo had an information table, and I attended a session called What is happening now in Turkey: Where is the country heading to just before the Municipal elections on March 31 with Wilfrid Laurier professors Selda Sezen and Engin Sezen. As is typical for these interactive discussions, the topic wandered away from the Turkish election into the history of the greater Anatolian region, the Turkic language, and the state of journalism in Turkey.

We could have continued the discussion for hours… so I’ve invited Selda and Engin to come to our Discussion Night, where we can actually discuss the Turkish election and electoral system.



What: Fair Vote Waterloo Discussion Night
When: Wednesday, 27 March 2019 from 7:00pm to 9:00pm iCal
Where: Community Room, Bread and Roses Co-op
Location: 307 Queen Street South, Kitchener Map

As well, we’ll finally make the decision on funding the web site and mailing list migration to a new server.

As always, if you’re driving please park in the north lot (Map), and place a note in your window:

Meeting in Community Room re Apt 107 from 7-9pm

See you on Wednesday!
–Bob.

Discussion Night at 7pm on Wed, 27 Feb 2019

Group discussion Hi everyone: February is a short month, so the last Wednesday of the month has arrived well before I’m ready for it. But our Discussion Night is on!


What: Fair Vote Waterloo Discussion Night
When: Wednesday, 27 February 2019 from 7:00pm to 9:00pm iCal
Where: Community Room, Bread and Roses Co-op
Location: 307 Queen Street South, Kitchener Map

Last month we had a combination Executive and Strategy meeting. If you weren’t able to be there you can read the meeting notes.

And what to discuss? For those of you into Social Media, you may have seen some discussion on Electoral Reform vs. Proportional Representation. While the mandate for Fair Vote Canada is strictly to advocate for proportional representation, there are many other aspects to our electoral system that could stand improvement, eg. term limits, abolishing whipped votes, or reducing the power of the PMO.

As always, if you’re driving please park in the north lot (Map), and place a note in your window:

Meeting in Community Room re Apt 107 from 7-9pm

See you on Wednesday!
–Bob.

Holiday Get-Together for 2018

All I Want For Christmas Is Proportional Representation Happy Upcoming Holidays, everyone! Instead of holding our regular Discussion Night on the last Wednesday of the month (which is Boxing Day), we’re going to hold a Holiday Get-Together on Thursday, 27 December 2018!

Cathy and John Scott have kindly volunteered to host. We’ll gather at their home at 6:30pm. If you can, please bring a potluck dish to share: appetizer, savoury snack, substantial entree, dessert, or even that potluck staple, potato salad. Let us know on the Discussion List what you’re bringing so we can avoid duplicates. And when you come, please label your dish if it contains wheat, nuts, eggs, dairy, meat, &c.

What: Fair Vote Waterloo Holiday Get-Together for 2018
When: Thursday, 27 December 2018 from 6:30pm to late at night
Where: Cathy and John Scott’s home
Location: 213 Sheldon Avenue North, Kitchener, Ontario Map

Hope to see you there!

–Bob Jonkman
Fair Vote Waterloo Co-Chair and Holiday Organizer

Reminder: Discussion Night on Wednesday, 31 October 2018

Discussion Night Hi everyone: Just a quick reminder of the Fair Vote Waterloo Discussion Night tomorrow (Wednesday):

What: FairvoteWRC Discussion Night: Weighted First-Past-The-Post
When: Wednesday, 31 October 2018 from 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Where: Community Room, Bread and Roses Co-op
Location: 307 Queen Street South, Kitchene Map 1

Larry Kryski will be presenting his solution for proportional representation, a weighted vote in parliament.

Since it’s Hallowe’en some people will be delayed from giving candy to the little monsters, so Larry’s presentation will start sometime after 7:30pm

In the meantime, there are lots of other things worthy of discussion:

  • We just had a municipal election, where ranked ballots became a thing. What can Fair Vote Waterloo do to encourage the adoption of ranked ballots in multi-member wards to achieve proportional representation?
  • Some people from Fair Vote Waterloo spent some time canvassing door-to-door. What were the results? We’ll get a quick report from the participants.
  • Acronyms: Based on a thread in the Discussion mailing list, we’ve been using many acronyms like PR, ER, RB, MMP and so forth. The jargon is obscuring our message. I’ve compiled a short list, but let’s work on creating a more comprehensive glossary of terms that we can post on the Resources page of our website.

    STV – Single Transferable Vote
    MMP – Mixed Member Proportional
    DMP – Dual Member Proportional
    RUP – Rural-Urban Proportional
    AV – Alternative Vote
    IRV – Instant Runoff Voting (same thing as AV)
    PB – Preferential Ballot (same thing as AV)
    FPTP – First Past The Post
    SMP – Single Member Plurality (fancy words for FPTP)
    RB – Ranked Ballot (used by STV, AV, IRV, PB)
    PR – Proportional Representation
    ProRep – Proportional Representation
    ER – Electoral Reform

    MP – Member of Parliament
    MPP – Member of Provincial Parliament

    AMA – Ask Me Anything (online interview on Reddit)

  • How can we help the BC Electoral Reform referendum? Hints on the Fair Vote Canada PR4BC website.

Anything else?

If you’re driving to Bread And Roses, please park in the north parking lot Map 2 and place a note on the dashboard of your vehicle:

Meeting in Community Room re Apt 107 from 7-9pm

See you there!


Bob Jonkman,
Co-Chair, Fair Vote Waterloo
Phone: +1–519–635–9413
E-mail: bjonkman@sobac.com

FairvoteWRC Contact Info:
Phone: +1–519–279–2990
E-mail: info@fairvotewrc.ca

Upcoming Events: Perspectives on Peace, and FairvoteWRC Discussion Night

Hi everyone:

Perspectives on Peace logo
Register: Perspectives On Peace — Where’s the Peace and Justice? Canada’s New Foreign and Defence Policies
The Fair Vote Canada Waterloo Region Chapter will have an information table at “Perspectives On Peace”, a symposium put on by KWPeace, an umbrella organization of Peace and Social Justice organizations in Kitchener-Waterloo and surrounding area. FairvoteWRC is a member organization.

Please join the Peace and Social Justice groups of KWPeace for a midday meal and conversation about Peace, Nonviolence, Social Justice and Climate Change. Our guest speaker is Tamara Lorincz who is completing her PhD in Global Governance at the Balsillie School of International Affairs. Tamara will talk about the climate and environmental impacts of Canada’s new foreign and defence policies.

Lunch will be provided by Kitchener Food Not Bombs, which picks up donated food from grocery stores, cooks fresh vegan meals, and serves these meals to the community for free every Saturday in front of Kitchener City Hall.

This event is free with donations gratefully accepted to cover costs! Lunch will be served between noon and 2:00pm; Tamara will speak at 12:30pm.

Member organizations of KW Peace will be on site with information about the good work that they do in our community. FairvoteWRC will have an information table, and we can use some help to staff the table and let people know how Fair Vote promotes peace (hint: proportional representation elects governments that are more responsive to what people want)

What: Perspectives On Peace: Where’s The Peace and Justice? Canada’s New Foreign and Defence Policies
When: Saturday, 27 October 2018 from noon to 2:00pm
Where: The Rotunda, Kitchener City Hall
Location: 200 King Street West, Kitchener, Ontario Map 1
Registration: http://kwpeace.ca/eventsmanager/register-perspectives-on-peace-wheres-the-peace-justice-canadas-new-foreign-and-defence-policies/


For this month’s Discussion Night, Larry Kryski has proposed a minor adjustment to our current First Past The Post voting system that results in Proportional Representation for votes taken in Parliament! How? By weighting the vote of each member by the number of votes received.

What are the advantages? What are the drawbacks? You can read Larry Kryski’s paper Creating a Proportional Representation Electoral System That Works.

Join us for an evening of discussion at the Bread and Roses Community Room at 307 Queen Street South, Kitchener Map 1. Everyone is welcome! You don’t have to be a Fair Vote member to come to Discussion Nights.

If you drive, please park in the north parking lot and place a note on the dashboard of your vehicle:

Meeting in Community Room re Apt 107 from 7-9pm

What: FairvoteWRC Discussion Night: Weighted First-Past-The-Post
When: Wednesday, 31 October 2018 from 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Where: Community Room, Bread and Roses Co-op
Location: 307 Queen Street South, Kitchener Map 2

See you there!

–Bob.


Bob Jonkman,
Co-Chair, Fair Vote Waterloo
Phone: +1-519-635-9413
E-mail: bjonkman@sobac.com

FairvoteWRC Contact Info:
Phone: +1–519–279–2990
E-mail: info@fairvotewrc.ca

Discussion Night on Referenda with @YesCambridge on Wed, 26 Sept 2018

Yes! Cambridge | Campaign for Ranked Ballots This coming Wednesday we’re holding our Discussion Night at the Blackwing Coffee Bar in Cambridge, one of several places in Canada that’s holding a referendum on Electoral Reform. We’ll meet up with the team from the Yes! Cambridge campaign. Who knows, there may be some people that you recognize!

We’ll discuss what the members of Fair Vote Waterloo can do to help the referendum campaigns in Cambridge, Kingston, and British Columbia happening now, and in PEI with their provincial election in October 2019.

What: FairvoteWRC Discussion Night: Referenda
When: Wednesday, 26 September 2018 from 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Where: Blackwing Coffee Bar
Location: 135 George Street North, Cambridge, Ontario Map 1


Next month we’re back in Kitchener at Bread & Roses for an explanation of a Proportional Representation system that uses the existing First-Past-The-Post voting system, keeps the existing electoral boundaries, and doesn’t require any more (or fewer) Members of Parliament.

Larry Kryski will suggest an interesting enhancement that adjusts the relative power of an MP based on the number of votes received by that party. His paper on the proposal, Creating a Proportional Representation Electoral System That Works was submitted to the ERRE consultation.

What: FairvoteWRC Discussion Night: Weighted First-Past-The-Post
When: Wednesday, 31 October 2018 from 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Where: Community Room, Bread and Roses Co-op
Location: 307 Queen Street South, Kitchener Map 2


Bob Jonkman,
Co-Chair, Fair Vote Waterloo
Phone: +1-519-635-9413
E-mail: bjonkman@sobac.com

FairvoteWRC Contact Info:
Phone: +1–519–279–2990
E-mail: info@fairvotewrc.ca

Discussion Nights in August and September

Discussion Night Hi everyone! For our upcoming Discussion Night on Wednesday, 29 August 2018 we’ll be discussing the results of the provincial election in June.

I invite anyone who has done some analysis of the election to make a short presentation. For example, if you’ve calculated how the seats would have been distributed with an STV voting system, or which electoral districts hold the most voting power, or how few votes it might have taken to swing only a few ridings to change the outcome…

The format will be a 10 minute presentation of your analysis, followed by a 10 minute Q&A. We’ve got a couple of people already lined up, and I suspect we’ll have no trouble filling the two hours of Discussion Night with, um, discussion.

What: FairvoteWRC Discussion Night: Election Analysis
When: Wednesday, 29 August 2018 from 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Where: Community Room, Bread and 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


In other news: October is filled with Electoral Reform referenda throughout Canada! There’s one in British Columbia:

What You Need To Know About the BC Electoral Referendum | The Tyee

…and Prince Edward Island:

P.E.I. Referendum To Pose Question About Proportional Representation | Huffington Post

…and Kingston:

City adds referendum on ranked ballots to election | The Kingston Whig-Standard

…and right here in Waterloo Region, in Cambridge:

Cambridge to have referendum on ranked ballot system | CambridgeTimes.ca

For our Discussion Night on Wednesday, 26 September 2018 we’ll meet at the Blackwing Coffee Bar in Cambridge, and meet up with the Yes! Cambridge campaign team, who are advocating for a “Yes” answer to the question “Are you in favour of the City of Cambridge using a ranked ballot voting system for the 2022 municipal election?” We can also discuss how to provide support to the other referenda taking place in Canada.

What: FairvoteWRC Discussion Night: Referenda
When: Wednesday, 26 September 2018 from 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Where: Blackwing Coffee Bar
Location: 135 George Street North, Cambridge, Ontario Map 3


Bob Jonkman,
Co-Chair, Fair Vote Waterloo
Phone: +1-519-635-9413
E-mail: bjonkman@sobac.com

FairvoteWRC Contact Info:
Phone: +1–519–279–2990
E-mail: info@fairvotewrc.ca

FairvoteWRC Annual General Meeting and Discussion Night

People conferencing at a table Hi everyone! The provincial election is over, June is more than half over, and the year is almost half over! It’s time to have the Annual General Meeting for the Fair Vote Canada Waterloo Region Chapter!

AGM Agenda

Date: Wednesday, 27 June 2018 from 7:00pm to 9:00pm

  1. Introductions
  2. Review/Accept minutes from 2017 AGM
  3. Statement from the Chair
  4. Financial Statement
  5. Old Business
  6. Election of Executive:

    There are five positions on our Executive Board up for re-election:

    • Co-Chair (1 position, two year term)
    • Treasurer (1 position, two year term)
    • Member-At-Large (3 positions, one year term)

    The other two Executive positions (Co-chair Sharon Sommerville and Secretary Kevin Smith) will start the second year of their two year term.

    You can nominate someone at the meeting, or nominate yourself. If you can’t make it to the meeting but would like to stand for nomination then contact me or FairvoteWRC by phone or e-mail (contact info below), and we’ll ensure your name is on the ballot.

    The voting will be by Single Transferable Vote; once elected, the new Executive will decide amongst themselves which positions to fill.

    Anyone who is a member of Fair Vote Canada can vote at the AGM and be nominated for a position on the Executive. You can get or renew your membership ($25) at the meeting, or online at:

    https://secure.fairvote.ca/en/civicrm/contribute/transact?id=12

  7. New Business
    1. Festival Season! (Sharon Sommerville, Cathy Scott)
    2. Should we initiate a provincial petition similar to our federal petitions for our regional MPPs? (Casey Howard)
    3. Should we begin a door to door canvass about electoral reform? (Casey Howard)
    4. Possible Fall Event: Panel discussion with Denis Pilon, Bob Hepburn (who wrote Ontario politicians should stay clear of electoral reform), and Mitch Potter (who wrote Will Ontario’s vote results open the door to electoral reform?) (Sharon Sommerville).
    5. Municipal Electoral Reform Referendum in Cambridge (Yes, Cambridge!) (Myron Steinman, Sharon Sommerville)
    6. Meeting with the new Chief Editor at the Record (Cathe Campbell)
    7. Marketing plan to draw people into our movement more effectively (Kevin Smith)

    Submissions for New Business are now closed
    If anyone has additional items for the New Business section of the agenda, please let me know (contact info below).

  8. Adjournment of AGM.

Discussion Night: Provincial Election Analysis

The 2018 provincial election gave the usual results: 40% votes, 60% seats, 100% power. But there are more subtle insights; some of FairvoteWRC’s members have given it deeper thought than 40:60:100. If you’ve done some analysis I invite you to come to the Discussion Night portion of the evening and present it, 5 minutes for presentation, plus 5 minutes for Q&A. Please contact me if you have some analysis to present.

See you all there!

What: FairvoteWRC Annual General Meeting and Discussion Night
When: Wednesday, 27 June 2018 from 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Where: Community Room, Bread and Roses Co-op
Location: 307 Queen Street South, Kitchener Map 1

Note from Scott Stager Piatkowski:

Just chiming in as the Co-ordinator at Bread and Roses. The north lot is currently being repaved. It is still closed!

FairvoteWRC members may wish to consider not driving to the meeting or, if they do, parking off site (street parking on Benton or David, lot parking at Victoria Park, just inside the gate).

Scott

–Bob Jonkman, Co-Chair, Fair Vote Waterloo
Phone: +1–519–635–9413
E-mail: bjonkman@sobac.com

FairvoteWRC Contact Info:
Phone: +1–519–279–2990
E-mail: info@fairvotewrc.ca

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.