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Hello FairVoting Friends,

Feb. 1st is the anniversary of the Liberal government breaking its promise to make 2015 the last election using First Past The Post (FPTP).

There is a lot we can do to let PM Trudeau know that we aren’t going to forget his broken promise and disinterest in ensuring that our electoral system works for every Canadian.

Fair Vote Canada is organizing a ThunderClap for 1 February 2018 and an online pledge in support of a press conference by Nathan Cullen (NDP Democratic Reform Critic) and Elizabeth May (leader of the Green Party of Canada) to mark the first anniversary of our government’s broken promise.

Discussion NightAnd, tomorrow night Fair Vote Waterloo is hosting an “Unhappy First Anniversary Party.” Join us to have cake and tweet lots of “Unhappy Anniversary” pictures to our local Liberal MPs and PM.

After the cake & pics, Dave Arthur will discuss the impact of thresholds in Proportional Representation systems.

We will meet Wednesday, 31 January 2018 at 7:00pm in the Community Room at the Bread and Roses Housing Co-op, 307 Queen Street South, at Courtland in Kitchener. Map 1 If you are coming by car, 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

Unhappy about the broken electoral reform promise? Join the ThunderClap, sign the online pledge, eat cake!

All the best,

Sharon for FVC-WR


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Our meeting with Minister Chagger and a letter in The Record

Meeting with Minister Chagger in 2016

Good Morning FairVoting Friends,

On Thursday, seven supporters of proportional representation met with The Honourable Bardish Chagger to express our support for electoral reform. Our goal was to keep the conversation about electoral reform going despite the government’s decision not to reform our electoral system.

The meeting was respectful and positive. Everyone had an opportunity to express their views and Minister Chagger promised to send our comments to The Hon. Karina Gould, Minister of Democratic Institutions.

Minister Chagger also said it is always worthwhile to come to talk with her so please take her up on it! If you would like to help keep the issue on the table, live in the riding of Waterloo and would like to speak with Minister Chagger, please contact her office to book an appointment. She can be reached at: bardish.chagger@parl.gc.ca

There is a letter to the editor in today’s Record which you might be interested in. It is a response to last Saturday’s article by Luisa D’Amato.

Letter to the Editor: Broken Promises (Mirror)

And, the one year anniversary of the government reneging on their promise to reform our electoral system is coming up on February 1st. Join us for an Unhappy First Anniversary Party on Wed. Jan. 31st at the Bread & Roses Co-Op, 307 Queen St. S, Kitchener Map in the Community Room at 7 p.m. More on that later!

Till then,

Sharon for FVC-WR


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Reminder: Discussion Night, 7pm on Wed, 29 Nov 2017 at Bread and Roses

Group discussion Hi all: Just a quick reminder of tonight’s Discussion Night:

What: Fair Vote Waterloo November 2017 Discussion Night
When: Wednesday, 29 November 2017 from 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Where: Community Meeting Room, Bread & Roses Co-op
Location: 307 Queen Street South, Kitchener, Ontario Map 1

Topics:

1 February 2018

The first of February marks the anniversary of the Liberals’ broken promise on Electoral Reform. What should we do to remind them that this is unacceptable? Another rally? A march from one MP’s office to another? Let’s make some plans!

BC Referendum

The BC provincial government will be holding a referendum on proportional representation in 2018, and it is not without opposition. BC Liberal MLA Todd Stone pulls out the usual argument of “We’ll be having perpetual coalition governments like we have right now, where you have the tail wagging the dog” — If the Liberals had been open to a collaborative government with the Greens then they could have been the whole dog!

Electoral reform an attack on democracy, Stone says — Alberni Valley News

We can discuss how we can provide support for the BC referendum. Fair Vote Canada has just launched a campaign, with accounts on Facebook, Twitter and soon on Instagram:

Facebook: Fair Vote Canada-BC

Twitter: @fvc_BC

Holiday Get-Together

The regular Discussion Night (last Wednesday of the month) falls on 27 December 2017 next month. Since that’s right in the middle of the holidays, perhaps we should have a Holiday Get-Together instead! Save the date, plans for a social night are in the works!

Parking:

If you’re driving to tonight’s 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

See you Wednesday!

–Bob.

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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