Electoral Reform is Alive and Kicking in Waterloo Region

The Hon. Bardish Chagger’s office reached out to Fair Vote Waterloo to invite a delegation to meet with the Hon. Karina Gould on Electoral Reform.

Cathy Scott, Byron Weber Becker and Bob Jonkman meet the Hon. Karina Gould and her infant son Oliver outside Waterloo City Hall

The Fair Vote Waterloo delegation Cathy Scott, Bryron Weber Becker and Bob Jonkman met with the current Minister of Democratic Institutions, the Hon. Karina Gould (and Oliver) at Waterloo City Hall

The morning meeting was productive.

Later that afternoon, the KW Liberal Association hosted a meet and greet for the visiting Minister just down the street at Patent Social. Fair Vote Waterloo Co-Chair Bob Jonkman attended the open-to-the-public event in hopes of engaging further with Minister Gould.

Local electoral reform advocates from Fair Vote and others rally to remind Minister Gould that electoral reform is still top of mind for many Canadians voters across the political spectrum.

There were excellent opportunities to discuss Proportional Representation with passersby.

Electoral reformers welcomed the opportunity to show off their artwork and discuss Proportional representation with the Minister of Democratic Institutions.

Canadians are (understandably) unhappy that the Liberals’ Electoral Reform promise was so cavalierly broken.

The Hon. Karina Gould was asked some hard questions.

Electoral Reform isn’t a partisan issue.

I found it interesting how many “honks” we got from passing motorists. Perhaps the greatest irony associated with Mr. Trudeau’s broken promise is that the exercise did more to raise Canadian public awareness of Proportional Representation than anything else in my lifetime.

Proportional Representation is an idea whose time has come. And it’s not going away.

(additional photos are available in my Reminding Liberals Flickr Album)

AGM

What a turn out for the Waterloo Region Chapter’s AGM.

The numbers keep going up.

You might even think people are serious about wanting equal and effective votes in a proportional representation electoral system.

 

Pictures of our Unhappy Anniversary Party

On Wednesday, 31 January 2018 we held our regular Discussion Night. Laurel Russwurm baked an Unhappy Anniversary Cake, Donald Fraser brought beverages, and everyone pitched in to uncelebrate the first anniversary of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s broken promise on Electoral Reform.

After cake, Dave Arthur gave an excellent presentation on voting thresholds.

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.

Open Streets on Sunday!

See you there!

A Morning at the Kitchener Market Info Booth

Today Fair Vote Waterloo staffed their information booth at the Kitchener Market.

At the Kitchener Market Info Booth

Kitchener Market Info Booth

People signed the Petition to the Government of Canada, the Declaration of Voters Rights, and sent a postcard to Justin Trudeau to tell him to Keep His Promise.

Signing a petition

Signing

Keep Your Promise | Bob Jonkman | I'm _really_ annoyed with you! Even my son knows to keep his promises!So far, Fair Vote Waterloo has collected:

  • 157 “Keep Your Promise” postcards to Justin Trudeau
  • 15 postcards for Kitchener Centre MP Raj Saini
  • 86 signatures on the Declaration of Voters Rights
  • 94 signatures on the Petition to the Government of Canada

If you missed us at the Kitchener Market you can catch us throughout the spring and summer at Cross Cultures, the Day In The Park for Peace and Nonviolence, the Multicultural Festival, Open Streets, and many other events.

A Chilly Reception for Liberal Meet & Greet, 2 March 2017

A meet and greet at St John’s Evangelical Church in Kitchener involving two Cabinet ministers and 3 MPs was picketed by Proportional Representation enthusiasts angry about the broken Liberal electoral reform promise.

We made the local CTV evening broadcast. Since my sign only appears for a second, I show both sides of it below. The second side needs explanation. “Harperism” is the type of governance promoted by Harper in his last and only majority government in which he consistently attacked our democracy. Proportional Representation leads to coalition government in which nobody has a majority and governing is done by cooperation and compromise. Three CPC Harper-clone-Trumpist leadership candidates, Leitch, Alexander and O’Leary remind us of the possibility of another Harper-like majority so long as we keep our present First-Past-The-Post election system.

Protestors at rally

We're angry about the broken election reform promise!!!

Proportional Representation Protects Canada from Harperism

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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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More Pictures of the National Day of Action on Electoral Reform, 11 Feb 2017

Pictures from the National Day of Action on Electoral Reform held Saturday, 11 February 2017 at Carl Zehr Square at Kitchener City Hall.

Photos by Laurel L. Russwurm.

Sign: Make My Vote Count

Sign

People listening to speakers

Listening to speakers

Sign: Trudeau broke his promise

Sign

People rallying

Rallying

Sam Nabi

Sam Nabi

Catherine Fife

Catherine Fife

Richard Walsh

Richard Walsh

Sign: Perform On Reform

Perform On Reform

Sign: Support Voter Reform | Make Every Vote Count | for Equity, Social Justice, Climate Justice

Justice

Two signs: Proportional Representation for a Better Democracy | "First Past The Post", Abuse of Dominance, Abuse of Rights, Bad Corporate Behaviour

Signs

David Weber

David Weber

Sign: How Can We Reach Consensus If We Don't Understand Their Alternatives

Consensus

Supporter in the audience

Supporter

Sign: Nobody believes Liberal excuses

No-o-o-obody!

Sam Nabi and Sharon Sommerville

Sam Nabi and Sharon Sommerville

Unhappy citizens in the audience

Unhappy Citizens

Anita Nickerson

Anita Nickerson

An audience member taking pictures

Taking pictures

Sign: 39 ≠ 100

39 ≠ 100

Sign: Justin, You Promised | Make Every Vote Count

Protesting

Catherine Fife

Catherine Fife

Sign: Perform On Reform

Big sign

People in the audience

Rallying

Sign: I want my vote to count

Little sign

Nadia Matos and a camera

CTV News

@Lulex (Louisette Lanteigne) holding a sign: Support Voter Reform | Make Every Vote Count | for Equity, Social Justice, Climate Justice

@Lulex

Bob Jonkman

Bob Jonkman

Sharon Sommerville

Sharon Sommerville

Photographer

Photographer

Tiger Hat

Tiger Hat

Sign: Democracy demands trust | R.I.P. Democracy | PR -- the peoples choice | Lies -- the Prime Ministers

Sign

Oz Cole-Arnal

Oz Cole-Arnal

Mo Markham

Mo Markham

Sign in the gallery: Make My Vote Count

Gallery

Louisette Lanteigne

Louisette Lanteigne

Food Not Bombs

Food Not Bombs

Aden Seaman

Aden Seaman

Stacey Danckert

Stacey Danckert

Lunch is served

Lunch is served

Alim Nathoo

Alim Nathoo

Hat embroidered with the Liberal logo and "Real Betrayal"

Real Betrayal

Rallying dog

Rallying dog

Sign: Just-In | Nous Sommes Canadiens | Not Fringe | We Believed You | Believe In Us | And Just-ice

Nous Sommes Canadiens

Sign: The 1% is the "Fringe" Group PM Trudeau Should Worry About | #PR Now

The 1%

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Other pictures of the National Day of Action on Electoral Reform

Pictures from the National Day of Action on Electoral Reform

Pictures from the National Day of Action on Electoral Reform held Saturday, 11 February 2017 at Carl Zehr Square at Kitchener City Hall.

Photos by Donald A. Fraser and Laurel L. Russwurm.

Donald Fraser and Byron Weber Becker hold the Proportional Representation for a Better Democracy banner

Donald Fraser and Byron Weber Becker

Sam Nabi is photographed

Sam Nabi

At the National Day of Action on Electoral Reform

At the National Day of Action on Electoral Reform

Lulex Lanteigne and Jonathan Cassels

Lulex Lanteigne and Jonathan Cassels

Catherine Fife

Catherine Fife

Attentive crowd

Attentive crowd

Protest sign: How can we reach consensus if Canadians don't understand their alternatives

Protest sign

Anita Nickerson

Anita Nickerson

The crowd listens to the speakers

Listening

Protestors

Protestors

Sharon Sommerville

Sharon Sommerville

The crowd

The crowd

People holding signs

Signs, signs, everywhere there’s signs

Photos are copyright ©2017 by the photographers, and used under a CC BY-SACreative Commons Attribution ShareAlike license.

More pictures of the National Day of Action on Electoral Reform