Reminding Raj Saini about Electoral Reform

Fair Vote WRC visits Raj

Friday’s Petition Crew

To encourage the Liberals to keep their promise to reform our electoral system,on Friday afternoon (November 10th, 2017) we delivered our 500+ signature Fair Vote petition to Kitchener Centre MP Raj Saini.  We had a brief opportunity to meet with Mr. Saini to explain our frustrations with his government’s failure to deliver on their oft repeated Electoral Reform Promise.

Mr Saini told us the only reason he voted against accepting the ERRE report was the inclusion of a referendum.  (Of course, had the Liberals on the ERRE Committee had been willing to work across party lines with the Greens and NDP there would have been no need for the inclusion of a referendum in the report.)  He did, however, promise to submit the Petition to the House of Commons.

In case you’ve forgotten, this is what Mr. Saini had to say about electoral reform before he was elected MP.

Watch the UK PR Petition Parliamentary Debate online

Canada’s E-616 petition garnered more than 130,000 signatures.  More than any other Parliamentary e-Petition in Canadian history.  There was some thought that this would lead to an actual Parliamentary Debate on the Electoral Reform process promised by the Trudeau Government.

When a Parliamentary e-petition in the UK exceeds 100,000 signatures. it triggers an actual Parliamentary Debate.  Recently an Electoral Reform Petition resulted in just such a debate.

To make votes matter, adopt Proportional Representation for UK General Elections

Proportional Representation for WestminsterThe vast majority wants PR. Our FPTP voting system makes Parliament unrepresentative. One party got 37% of the vote and 51% of seats, while 3 parties got 24% of the vote but share 1.5% of seats. FPTP violates the democratic principle of majority rule and causes problems like costly policy reversals.

The UK has never had a say on PR. As David Cameron himself said, the AV Referendum was on a system that is often less proportional than FPTP, so the rejection of AV could not possibly be a rejection of PR. In fact, so few voters wanted either system on offer that the turnout was just 42%.

There are tried and tested PR systems that keep the constituency link. They would make every vote matter equally, rather than allowing a minority of swing voters in a few marginal seats to pick the government.
UK Parliament e-petition 168657

This petition ran for 6 months and achieved 103,495 signatures.  The debate was quite interesting, and if you’re interested in taking a look, it is still online. (although I am not sure for how long).  For now at least you can see it here http://parliamentlive.tv/Event/Index/c52f8c49-55ac-44c8-bf23-b1705afadaf8 or download the mp3 to watch later.

But even if the video is no longer online, you’ll still be able to read it in Hansard here:
https://hansard.parliament.uk/commons/2017-10-30/debates/9D7C1DE6-0EA9-45D2-AD7E-D0EEB3ECCB92/ProportionalRepresentation
[Of course you won’t get to see the Minister squirm in the text version.]

UK Parliamentary Debate


Both the PR for Westminster and the UK Parliament PR Debate miniposters are Public Domain images..

Volunteers needed for info table at Cambridge International Festival

Hello FairVoting Friends,

Hope everyone has had a great summer.

FVC-WR has had a fabulous summer festival season; spoken with hundreds of people in our community, 50 pages of petitions have been signed and many postcards have been sent. Thank you all, for your continued support and work so that Canadians can have a fair electoral system.

Our last summer event, the Cambridge International FestivalCambridge International Festival, is coming up on Saturday, 23 September 2017. It is a fun day and the weather promises to be perfect.

If anyone has a couple of hours to share, volunteers are needed and greatly appreciated! The shifts are: 11:00am–1:30pm, 1:30pm–4:00pm & 4:00pm–6:00pm. Previous experience at a community information table isn’t needed. If you want to help, let us know!

Best wishes,
Sharon
for FVC-WR


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Monday & Tuesday: Our Last Kick At The Electoral Reform Can Before 2019!

Hello FairVoting Friends,

This is it! On Wednesday, 31 May 2017, MPs will vote on adopting the recommendations of the ERRE committee report. Monday and Tuesday is our chance to ask our local MPs to vote for the motion.

Can you call your MP Monday or Tuesday to let them know you want them to vote in favour of the motion? The more people who call, the stronger our message. And, we need to send a strong message to our MPs. They promised to be the voice of their constituents in Ottawa. Let’s make them keep that promise as well as the promise to end FPTP.

Here are the telephone numbers of our local MPs:

Waterloo — Bardish Chagger: +1–519–746–1573

Kitchener Centre — Raj Saini: +1–519–741–2001

Kitchener South – Hespeler — Marwan Tabbara: +1–519–571–5509

Cambridge — Bryan May: +1–519–624–7440

Kitchener – Conestoga — Harold Albrecht: +1–519–578–3773

You can even call after office hours and leave a message. If you have any questions, please email me at sharonsommerville@gmail.com

Thank you for taking action!

All the best,

Sharon
for FVC-WR


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E-Petition E-616 Presented In the House on Thursday, 23 March 2017 at 10:00am

Hello Friends of Electoral Reform,

On Thursday, 23 March 2017 at 10:00am Nathan Cullen presented petition E-616 to the House of Commons. E-616 is the largest e-petition to date with 130,452 signatures and will automatically trigger a debate in the House. You can watch Nathan present the petition on CPAC.

At 11:00am Thursday there was a press conference to announce Nathan Cullen’s “Keep the Promise” Tour which you can also watch on CPAC: Nathan Cullen news conference

We are looking forward to the Kitchener “Keep Your Promise” tour town hall next Wednesday night, 29 March 2017, 7:00pm to 8:30pm at Kitchener Public Library. Nathan is an inspiring, insightful and thoughtful speaker. The opportunity to have a positive and constructive public conversation about the future of electoral reform with Nathan offers some hope that we could still see a fair electoral system in time for 2019.

Here is the Facebook event for the Town Hall: Keep Your Promise: a path towards democratic reform | Facebook

Looking forward to the Town Hall on the 29th at 7:00pm and seeing you there!

Till then,
Sharon for FVC-WR


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Cross Cultures Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination at Kitchener City Hall, Tues 21 March 2017

Cross Cultures | since 1991 (c) MagazineHi everyone: It’s still a bit early for the Summertime Festival Season, but Fair Vote Waterloo is starting with an information table at Cross Cultures on Tuesday.

What: Cross Cultures Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination
When: Tuesday, 21 March 2017 from 8:45am to 8:45pm
Where: Rotunda, Kitchener City Hall
Location: 200 King Street West, Kitchener, Ontario Map

The event is on all day, with a huge attendance of local schoolkids presenting and participating until 2:00pm, talks and lectures all afternoon, and a Peace Vigil and Peace Concert in the evening.

If anyone would like to help staff our information table for a few hours, either morning or afternoon, please drop by.

There’s a schedule of events on the KWPeace Calendar Pick any time, there’s always something interesting happening.

– –Bob.

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Fair Vote Waterloo co-chair Sharon Sommerville talks about her feelings of “Real Betrayal” in this 5 minute soundbite from the Day of Action for Electoral Reform.

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Have you sent the PM a “howler”?

Hello Everyone,

Do you remember what happened when parents sent their children stern letters to Hogwarts in the Harry Potter series? Those letters were called “howlers”, they were delivered by owl, dropped on the dining table in front of the student, smoking and screeching.

Yesterday Justin Trudeau reneged on a key campaign promise to deliver electoral reform. In doing so, he betrayed the good will and hope that so many Canadians placed in him and the Liberal Party of Canada. Now it is time to let Prime Minister Trudeau know that not delivering on your promise of fair representation for all Canadians will have real consequences. Send the Prime Minister and local Liberal MPs a howler.

If you haven’t had time yet, I encourage you to send Waterloo Regional Liberals and Justin Trudeau a great “howler” via phone or email. And, a howler doesn’t have to be long, it can be as short and blunt message as you wish.

Contact information for is below.

With thanks,
Sharon Sommerville
for FVC–WR

Bardish Chagger
Bardish.Chagger.P9@parl.gc.ca
+1–613–996–5928 — Ottawa  Office
+1–519–746–1573 — Waterloo Office
 
Bryan May
Bryan.May.P9@parl.gc.ca
+1–613–996–1307 — Ottawa Office
+1–519–624–7440 — Cambridge Office
 
Raj Saini
Raj.Saini.P9@parl.gc.ca
+1–613–995–8913 — Ottawa Office
+1–519–741–2001 — Kitchener Office
 
Marwan Tabbara
Marwan.Tabbara.P9@parl.gc.ca
+1–613–992–1063 — Ottawa Office
+1–519–571–5509 — Kitchener Office
 
Justin Trudeau
Justin.Trudeau.P9@parl.gc.ca
+1–613–995–0253 — Ottawa Office (or perhaps +1–613–992–4211)
+1–514–277–6020 — Montreal Office
 
 
The Waterloo Region Record
letters@therecord.com

Liberals Not Interested In Fair Election

Hello Fair Voting Friends,

Today’s announcement by Minister of Democratic Institutions Karina Gould and additional comments by PM Trudeau that electoral reform is no longer on the agenda is disappointing. It is a missed opportunity to build a fairer democracy, it feeds cynicism and draws into question the integrity of the Liberal government. If you are concerned, disappointed or upset by Trudeau’s Liberals reneging on their campaign promise to make every vote count, please let them know!

It is important that we do this swiftly, tonight or tomorrow:

  • Call or email your Liberal MP
  • Call or email Justin Trudeau
  • Write a letter to the editor of the Waterloo Region Record

Let our elected representatives know the consequences of not keeping their promise. Contact information is below for all Waterloo Region Liberal MPs, PM Justin Trudeau and Letters to the Editor of The Record.

Thank you for taking immediate action. Everything we can do now, could make a difference.

Best regards,
Sharon Sommerville
for FVC-WR

Bardish Chagger
Bardish.Chagger.P9@parl.gc.ca
+1–613–996–5928 — Ottawa Office
+1–519–746–1573 — Waterloo Office

Bryan May
Bryan.May.P9@parl.gc.ca
+1–613–996–1307 — Ottawa Office
+1–519–624–7440 — Cambridge Office

Raj Saini
Raj.Saini.P9@parl.gc.ca
+1–613–995–8913 — Ottawa Office
+1–519–741–2001 — Kitchener Office

Marwan Tabbara
Marwan.Tabbara.P9@parl.gc.ca
+1–613–992–1063 — Ottawa Office
+1–519–571–5509 — Kitchener Office

Justin Trudeau
Justin.Trudeau.P9@parl.gc.ca
+1–613–995–0253 — Ottawa Office (or perhaps +1–613–992–4211)
+1–514–277–6020 — Montreal Office

The Waterloo Region Record
letters@therecord.com

Let’s Give Minister Gould Numbers From Waterloo Region

Good Morning and Happy Friday Fair Voting Friends,

Karina Gould, MP for Burlington recently became the Minister of Democratic Institutions. We have sent her a congratulatory letter of welcome and are looking forward to her approach to building a new electoral system for Canada.

As we know, the Liberals are the party of evidence based policy making. We would like to make sure that Minister Gould has the numbers on how many citizens have contacted their MP about electoral reform since the election and we need your help. We think it is important to make sure the new minister knows how many people in Waterloo Region care about real change for our electoral system.

If you have any kind of contact: sent an email or letter, made a telephone call, had a chance encounter or met with any Liberal MP in Waterloo Region and raised electoral reform, could you let us know? We would also be interested in knowing if you tried to book an appointment but were unable to finalize a meeting. We are looking for the name of the MP, date (more or less) and the type of contact ie. telephone conversation, chance encounter at a summer festival etc..

Our government has been consistently saying that everyday Canadians don’t care about a fair electoral system. The Liberal caucus will be making its decision about electoral reform in February so letting Minister Gould know how many people care about fair representation is important. If you have contacted your MP in anyway or spoken with any MP about electoral reform we hope to hear from you soon!

Please let us know by responding to:

sharonsommerville@gmail.com

Thank you for your support!

With thanks,
Sharon Sommerville
for FVC-WR


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