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

Thank you for taking action!

All the best,

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

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
+1–613–996–5928 — Ottawa Office
+1–519–746–1573 — Waterloo Office

Bryan May
+1–613–996–1307 — Ottawa Office
+1–519–624–7440 — Cambridge Office

Raj Saini
+1–613–995–8913 — Ottawa Office
+1–519–741–2001 — Kitchener Office

Marwan Tabbara
+1–613–992–1063 — Ottawa Office
+1–519–571–5509 — Kitchener Office

Justin Trudeau
+1–613–995–0253 — Ottawa Office (or perhaps +1–613–992–4211)
+1–514–277–6020 — Montreal Office

The Waterloo Region Record

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:

Thank you for your support!

With thanks,
Sharon Sommerville
for FVC-WR

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Video: Maryam Monsef in Waterloo Region, 14 September 2016

With the recent controversy over the Hon. Maryam Monsef claiming the straw poll she took at her Electoral Reform Town Halls do not support Electoral Reform, it is interesting to look at the video of the event held in Waterloo Region on Wednesday, 14 September 2016 to hear what was actually said:

Published on Oct 31, 2016

The Honourable Maryam Monsef’s National ERRÉ Cross Canada Community Dialogue Tour stopped in Waterloo Region on September 14th, 2016. This is Ms. Monsef’s introductory speech to the 300+ folk who turned out to discuss Electoral Reform.

Note: I’ve compensated for an unusable bit of video with a montage of still photo.

Because I participated in the small group discussion, the rest of the video is in bits & pieces. I’ll post more of the video from that evening as soon as possible.


Music Credit:
“Nothing in the Dark” (instrumental version) from “heretoday” is copyright by Josh Woodward and released under a Creative Commons Attribution License.

Maryam Monsef in Waterloo Region is Copyright © 2016 by Laurel L. Russwurm of LibreLeft Pictures and released under a CC BY-SACreative Commons Attribution Share-alike 2.0 license.
Accompanying music Nothing In The Dark is Copyright © 2016 by Josh Woodward and released under a CC BYCreative Commons Attribution-Only 4.0 license.

Discussion Night and Strategy Meeting Followup



The next Fair Vote Waterloo Discussion Night will be this coming Wednesday:

What: Fair Vote Waterloo Discussion Night for November 2016
When: Wednesday, 30 November 2016 from 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Where: Cafe 1842 at the Huether Hotel
Location: 59 King Street North, Waterloo, Ontario Map 1

Cafe 1842 at the Huether Hotel is open to 11:00pm or midnight each night and has a very quiet section on the north side which would work well for us. There is on-street parking & in the Huether’s lot on the north side of the building & it’s on a bus line. Many thanks to Sharon Sommerville for hosting!



We’re also having a follow-up to our Strategy Meeting from Thursday, 10 November 2016. It has become even more crucial that we address the denial of Minister Monsef about the broad support for Electoral Reform.

What: Strategy Meeting Followup
When: Tuesday, 6 December 2016 from 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Where: Sharon Sommerville’s dining room
Location: 85 Westmount Road South, Waterloo, Ontario Map 2

There is street parking on Douglas Street, and you can enter through the back door from the driveway. Thanks to Sharon Sommerville for hosting again!

Minutes of the previous meeting: Notes from FVC – WR Fall 2016 Strategy Meeting, 10 November 2016

Sincerity on Electoral Reform in Question?

Press release sent to local media in Waterloo Region on 22 November 2016


We in Fair Vote Canada Waterloo Region Chapter were most excited by the election of a government which promised that 2015 would be the last election to use First Past the Post (FPTP) to determine how we would be represented. We were further heartened by the creation of an electoral reform committee, representative of the make-up of our House of Commons. In a very compressed time frame the committee has heard from a great number of Canadians and expert witnesses. Locally, we were especially pleased by the opportunity of a Town Hall on September 14th hosted by the four local Liberal members of Parliament and the Minister of Democratic Institutions, the Honourable Maryam Monsef.

Sadly, we have been disappointed and increasingly concerned by the statements of our Prime Minister and the Minister that suggest a lack of commitment to, if not an outright backing away from, their campaign promise. At the same time we recently saw the summary of our local Town Hall prepared for the members of the electoral reform committee which deepen these concerns.

The report confuses the concept of Alternative Vote with that of Proportional representation. Most importantly, the summary in our view does not fairly or accurately reflect the level of support voiced at the meeting for some form of proportional representation. This is consistent with the overwhelming message Canadians and expert witnesses have provided directly to the electoral reform committee and in the many Town Halls held across this country. A summary of this feedback can be found at Waterloo Region MPs’ Submission To The Electoral Reform Committee

We respectfully ask that this government honour its promise to make 2015 the last election to use First Past the Post. For more information about Fair Vote Canada and our concerns, please contact:

Bob Jonkman,
Co-Chair, Fair Vote Canada Waterloo Region Chapter

Phone: +1–519-635-9413