Election Signs in Support of Proportional Representation

Hello FairVoting Friends,

We have 25 large election signs in support of Proportional Representation that we want to put up around the region. The signs are suitable for busy streets and we will need help to put them up in the next week. If you know of a good location and can put up a sign, please let me know and we will get the sign to you!

Hope to see people out to these great events and PR signs every where around the region!

We can look forward to a change of our electoral system, if we support candidates who support PR on October 19th.

Kind regards,

All Candidates Meeting on Electoral Reform in Waterloo at 7pm today!

Three people debating

All Candidates Meeting

Hello FairVoting Friends,

If you live in Waterloo, please join us for an All Candidates Meeting on electoral reform tonight!

Monday, 21 September 2015, 7:00pm – 8:30 pm

First United Church, Parish Hall Map 1
12 William Street, Waterloo

Candidates Bardish Chagger (Liberal), Diane Freeman (NDP) and Richard Walsh (Green) will join us to discuss their party’s position on electoral reform.

Facebook: All Candidates Meeting on Electoral Reform

If you live in Kitchener-Conestoga, the All Candidates Meeting is on Saturday, 3 October 2015 at 2:30pm.

Saturday, 3 October 2015, 2:30pm – 4:00pm

Forest Heights Library Map 2
252 Fischer-Hallman Road
Kitchener, Ontario

Candidates Bob Jonkman (Green), Tim Louis (Liberal) and James Villeneuve (NDP) have confirmed.

Bring your questions and hope to see you there!

Best regards,
Sharon Sommerville
for FVC – WR

Join our Thunderclap and find out Where They Stand on Tuesday!

Make Every Vote Count, Candian 2011 Election (charts of votes and seats), Find out where your candidates stand on: Proportional Representation, www.fairvote.ca

Thunderclap: Where They Stand

Hi everyone.

As you probably know, Fair Vote Canada has been asking candidates in every riding in Canada five questions to determine if they personally support PR, if they support it enough to advocate for it, and if they will vote for it. We need 170 yes votes to make PR reality in 2019.

On Tuesday morning the front page of http://www.fairvote.ca will be Where They Stand. You’ll be able to look up your riding and see how your candidates answered.

I’m hoping all of you who are on social media will support our Thunderclap: Where They Stand.

You need to sign up before Tuesday at 10:00am. The more Canadians we can reach with Where They Stand, the better!

Note: On Tuesday, if you see a candidate with a Has Not Replied picture, be assured they didn’t just miss the email. There was also a Declined to Answer picture for those who replied but refused to answer any of the questions. In the ridings I’ve been looking after — about 200 of them — non-responders were emailed between three and six times. They had options of answering some or all of the questions, and clarifying their views in the quote section.

The party positions will be front and centre on our site, too. With three parties promising this is the last first-past-the-post election it’s an exciting time!

We’ll also be announcing on Tuesday that over 500 academics, including over 30 Canada Research Chairs, have signed an open letter by Peter Russell calling on the parties to implement a more proportional system for 2019.

Thanks for supporting our local Fair Vote Canada Waterloo Region Chapter and our Thunderclap!


All Candidates Meetings in Waterloo, Kitchener — Conestoga and Kitchener South — Hespeler

Three people debating

All Candidates Meeting

Hello Fair Voting Friends,

Fair Vote Canada Waterloo Region has two All Candidates Meetings scheduled on electoral reform. We also want to let you know about a third ACM hosted by the Community Associations of Kitchener South — Hespeler. Details on an ACM on electoral reform in Cambridge will be available soon.

Waterloo All Candidates Meeting on Electoral Reform
When: Monday, September 21st, 7:00pm – 8:30pm
Where: First United Church, Parish Hall, 12 William Street, Waterloo

Candidates Bardish Chagger (Liberal), Diane Freeman (NDP) and Richard Walsh (Green) will join us to discuss their party’s position on electoral reform. Peter Braid (Conservative) was invited but declined. His response to our invitation will be read at the meeting.

You can join the event on the Facebook page for the Waterloo ACM.

Kitchener – Conestoga All Candidates Meeting on Electoral Reform
When: Saturday, October 3rd, 2:30pm – 4:00 pm
Where: Forest Heights Library, 252 Fischer-Halman Road, Kitchener, Ontario
Kitchener South — Hespeler All Candidates Meeting
hosted by the Community Associations of Kitchener South — Hespeler

When: Wednesday, October 7, 7:00pm – 9:00pm
Where: Waterloo Region Museum, Auditorium, 10 Huron Road, south of Manitou

Moderator: Carl Zehr

Bring your questions and let candidates know that this must be the last unfair election.

Best regards,

Sharon Sommerville for FVC-WR

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Audio Recording of All Candidates Meeting of 25 August 2015 is Available

Hello Fair Voting Friends,

For those of you that weren’t able to make the Kitchener-Centre ACM there are two links that might be of interest to you. The first is an audio recording of the meeting by The Working Centre.

Archive.org: Fvc All candidates Kitchener Centre : Fair Vote Canada – Waterloo Region

The second is the article in today’s Record by Luisa D’Amato on the meeting:

D’Amato: In Kitchener, the anti-Harper movement flexes its muscle (Mirror)

Let’s make 2015 the last unfair election!

Best regards,

Sharon Sommerville
for FVC-WR

Pictures of the Kitchener-Centre Electoral Reform Debate, 25 August 2015

More pictures on Laurel L. Russwurm’s Flickr album Fairvote Debate: KitCen

Candidates at the Fair Vote Canada Kitchener-Centre All Candidate Electoral Reform Debate

Candidates at the Fair Vote Canada Kitchener-Centre All Candidate Electoral Reform Debate

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Front: (Unknown), Nicholas Wendler (Green Party Candidate), Sharon Sommerville (Co-chair, Fair Vote Waterloo)
Back: Jennifer Ross (Treasurer, Fair Vote Waterloo), Laura Lee Roberts (Campaign Manager for Nicholas Wendler), Bob Jonkman (Co-chair, FVW), Shannon Adshade (Executive, FVW)


Sharon Sommerville, Raj Saini (Liberal Candidate), Jennifer Ross, Anita Nickerson (Fair Vote Canada Chapter Coordinator), Laura Lee Roberts


Bob Jonkman, Shannon Adshade, Sharon Sommerville, Susan Cadell (NDP Candidate), Jennifer Ross, Cameron Dearlove

Last Night’s All Candidates Meeting in Kitchener-Centre

Hello Fair Voting Friends,

Thank you to everyone who came out to FVC-WR’s first of five All Candidate Meetings. The Kitchener-Centre meeting was a great success. About 100 people attended and we had a thoughtful & respectful discussion about proportional representation.

Our thanks to Liberal Party candidate Raj Saini, Green Party candidate Nicholas Wendler and NDP candidate Susan Cadell for their participation last night. All three represented their party well.

Thanks also to the wonderful staff at the Queen Street Commons Cafe for their support in making the event a success.

It was clear from last night’s discussion that each of the candidates have a personal commitment to proportional representation. Given their parties respective platforms on electoral reform, we are closing in on seeing an element of proportional representation in our electoral system.

FVC -WR will be hosting All Candidates Meetings in the other four ridings in Waterloo Region over the next five weeks. Dates, times and locations will be announced when the details are confirmed. If you live in any of the four other ridings, please join us at the All Candidates Meeting in your riding!

Till then,

Sharon Sommerville for FVC – WR

All Candidates Meeting in Kitchener-Centre, Tuesday, 25 August 2015 at 7pm

Map of Kitchener-Centre

Kitchener Centre

Hello Fair Voting Friends,

Tomorrow night is our All Candidates Meeting in Kitchener-Centre. You can speak directly to the candidates from the Green, NDP and Liberal Party about where they and their parties stand on electoral reform and other issues as well.

The All Candidates Meeting is at the Queen Street Commons Cafe, 43 Queen Street South at 7 pm. Map

We would like to video this event, if you are planning on attending the meeting and can tape it, we would appreciate your help.

Hope to see you tomorrow at 7 pm at the Queen Street Commons.

Till then,
Sharon Sommerville
for FVC -WR

Fair Vote at Uptown Waterloo Open Streets Today!

Four times a year, the City of Waterloo closes part of King Street turning a bit of the downtown core into a pedestrian mall. People can walk, cycle, skate scoot or cartwheel down the middle of the street. And once again, Fair Vote Canada’s Waterloo Region will be there for Open Streets Uptown Waterloo!

This afternoon between 1 – 5pm drop by and visit with Fair Vote volunteers who will be happy to discuss the importance of Proportional Representation… and bring your friends who might be interested in chatting or reading about how we can address Canada’s democratic deficit.

Look for FVC WRC co-chair Bob Jonkman, who also happens to be the Kitchener-Conestoga Green Party Candidate in the 2015 election campaign on now.

Bob at Open Streets 2015

Bob at Open Streets 2013

The Election Has Been Called So It’s Game On

BallotHello Fair Voting Friends,

The unofficial election campaign is now official, Parliament has been dissolved, the election is underway and we will go to the polls on Monday, October 19th.

This is going to be the most important election in a generation and it’s expected to be a close one. It is estimated that this election will be won in ten swing ridings and by a few thousand voters in those ridings. Here in Waterloo Region, Kitchener-Centre and Waterloo are swing ridings.

The most important thing each of us can do is to vote and encourage nonvoters of voting age to vote for candidates who support proportional representation. When candidates come to your door, ask them their positions on electoral reform and their commitment to ensuring fair & equitable elections. A government that works for all Canadians starts with a fair electoral system.

FVC-WR will be hosting All Candidates Meetings in all five Waterloo Region ridings. Details on each meeting will be announced soon. Help is always welcome so if you would like to get involved with organizing the All Candidates Meeting in your riding, please be in touch.

FVC will be issuing report cards on each candidate’s position on electoral reform and proportional representation. We will send the report cards out soon as well. They will be helpful as you make a decision on whom to support on October 19th.

Voter ID requirements have changed. Your voter ID card is not longer acceptable ID. Go to the Election Canada web page Everything a Voter Should Know to make sure you are registered to vote and have the correct ID.

Let’s send MPs back to Ottawa who will work to make this the last unfair election.

Best regards, Sharon Sommerville for FVC-WR

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