Has the electoral reform egg cracked?

Rank any number of options in your order of preference | Joe Smith | 1 John Citizen | 3 Jane Doe | Fred Rubble | 2 Mary Hill

Preferential or Ranked Ballot

Good Morning FairVoting Friends,

Last night was a historic evening on three fronts! London, used a ranked ballot to elect its municipal government. A totally amazing moment. Cambridge and Kingston both returned wins (yes, wins!) on their municipal referendum questions to use ranked ballots for future municipal elections.

Using ranked ballot to elect municipal politicians is a small & important step in the right direction. While ranked ballot by itself isn’t a form of Proportional Representation, voters will understand that electoral reform isn’t a crazy, radical idea. If ranked ballot is applied to voting for four city councillors, it would become a form of Single Transferable Vote which is a form of Proportional Representation.

Congratulations to all the activists for their hard work and voters who believed that better is possible: way to go!

All the best,
for FVC-WR

All Candidates Meeting In Kitchener-Centre Tomorrow Evening

Hello Everyone in Kitchener Centre:

Tomorrow evening, Wednesday 23 May 2018, the first of 3 All Candidates Meetings is taking place at St. John’s Anglican Church, 23 Water St. North (at Duke) at 6 pm.

BallotThe meeting is an opportunity to discuss issues with candidates that are important to our community. We will sit together to have a respectful discussion about health care, income security, housing, the environment and of course, electoral reform.

Kitchener–Conestoga is next Monday evening, 28 May 2018 at 6pm at the Wilmot Recreation Centre, and Waterloo is next Tuesday, 29 May 2018 at 6pm at First United Church.

We hope you can join us to get to know all the candidates in Kitchener Centre, Kitchener–Conestoga and Waterloo.

Kind regards,
Sharon Sommerville
for FVC-WR

All Candidates Meeting hosted by @FairvoteWRC, @SPCofKW, @DivestWR, @KWCofC, @AAP_KW

BallotHello FairVoting Friends,

We are mid-election and this one is a biggy. If you are in Kitchener Centre, Waterloo or Kitchener Conestoga, please join us to speak with candidates at an All Candidates Meeting.

These meetings are not debates, they are an opportunity to sit at a table with a candidate and discuss issues that are important to our community and province. We have partnered with other social justice and environmental groups to address health care, income insecurity, housing and the environment.

In Kitchener Centre:

Wednesday, 23 May 2018, 6:00pm
St. John’s Anglican Church
23 Water Street North (at Duke) Map 1

In Kitchener Conestoga:

Monday, 28 May 2018, 6:00pm
Wilmot Recreation Complex
1291 Nafziger Road Map 2

In Waterloo:

Tuesday, 29 May 2018, 6:00pm
First United Church
16 William Street West (at King) Map 3

Hope you can join us for this opportunity to engage in a respectful discussion about important issues with our local candidates in the upcoming provincial election.

All the best,
Sharon Sommerville
for FVC-WR

Participating organizations: Fair Vote Waterloo, Social Development Centre Waterloo Region, Divest Waterloo, KW Council of Canadians, Alliance against Poverty, Disabilities and Human Rights Group, TransitionKW, RENT.

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