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 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:
[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..

Joint meeting of @FairvoteWRC and KW Council of Canadians @KWCofC

Group discussionHi Fair Voters: This month, the regular date for the Fair Vote Waterloo Discussion Night falls on the same day as the KW Council of Canadians meeting. But rather than making you choose one or the other, we’re holding a joint meeting!

There is considerable overlap in the membership of our groups, and one of the Council of Canadians’ campaigns is Electoral Reform. This joint meeting is one way that we can offer support to CoC.

Council of Canadians | Acting for social justice | Conseil des Canadiens | Agir pour la justice socialeThis is also an opportunity for FairvoteWRC members who haven’t heard about Council of Canadians, and might like to join that organization. And, of course, it’s an introduction to FairvoteWRC for CoC members who would like to get involved with FairvoteWRC in a focused campaign solely on electoral reform.

What: Joint meeting of @FairvoteWRC and KW Council of Canadians @KWCofC
When: Wednesday, 25 October 2017 from 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Where: Community Meeting Room, Bread & Roses Co-op
Location: 307 Queen Street South, Kitchener, Ontario Map 1

Parking: If you’re driving, 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

There’s no fixed agenda for this meeting, but the following are points for discussion:

There will be a town hall meeting sponsored by the Waterloo Regional Labour Council on Tuesday, November 7, 2017, 6:30 pm and St. David’s Catholic Secondary School, 4 High St, Waterloo featuring Kitchener- Waterloo MPP Catherine Fife, Ontario Health Coalition Executive Director Natalie Mehra, and other local politicians. We urge all who can get there to attend.

Several of us attended the CoC Guelph meeting on 18 October at which Maude Barlow and Gus Van Harten spoke eloquently about the dangers of NAFTA and its implications for water rights. This provided a number of ideas we can talk about regarding further advocacy and actions.

  • Van Harten urged everyone present to write to Office of the Minister of Foreign Affairs at and ask her with due respect to get Canada out of ISDS

Philippe Charbonneau (Political Team Admin Assistant in Ottawa) asks if chapters would be interested in screening a new documentary on the cooperative enterprise model called A Silent Transformation that features Maude Barlow. There would be a small fee. If there is sufficient interest, we will ask for further details.

The Liberal government has not kept the campaign promise to restore protection to the 99% of lakes and rivers removed from the schedule of protected waters under the Harper government. CoC chapters are urged to call on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Transport Minister Marc Garneau for protection of a local lake or river. For further details see No waters left behind – nominate a lake or river worthy of protection and Groups across Canada urge Trudeau government to protect 100% of lakes and rivers.

Friday, 10 November 2017 at 3:30pm, FairvoteWRC will present a petition in support of proportional representation to MP Raj Saini at his Constituency Office (Suite 202 – 209 Frederick Street, Kitchener. Electoral reform is one of the areas in which CoC and FairvoteWRC overlap, and the more we can coordinate our efforts, the more likely we are to succeed. All are invited to attend.

The FairvoteWRC Outreach subcommittee is reaching out to faith-based communities to build awareness of and allies on the issue of proportional representation (PR) in the community. Their goals are to

  • create awareness of FairvoteWRC
  • offer an opportunity to further educate about the issue
  • invite endorsement of our work with an invitation to engage or join with us in the future

On 1 February 2017 the mandate letter for the Hon. Kristina Gould, Minister of Democratic Institutions was released, marking the first official announcement that the Liberals would be breaking their promise that “2015 will be the last election under First Past The Post”. FairvoteWRC intends to hold an event (protest, rally, public information meeting) to remind people, and especially the Liberals, that we have not forgotten the promise, and that we’ll be holding the Liberals to account.

Every year FairvoteWRC tries to hold several public information events during the winter months. We could bring in a speaker, show a movie, or hold a seminar to explain the mechanics of proportional representation. Sometimes these events are held as part of Discussion Nights; sometimes they’re held separately. The Kitchener Public Library has been a suitable venue in the past.

See you on Wednesday!

–Bob Jonkman,
FairvoteWRC Co-chair

Letter to the Editor: Reply to Paul Wells interview with David Johnston

The recent Macleans of Sept 18 had an interview of David Johnston by Paul Wells.

Based on that interview I sent the following letter to Macleans’ editors.

I have heard nothing from them and suspect they will ignore this letter.

I know it’s not easy to get letters accepted, especially if the editors have a bias against the ideas presented.

However, our discussion group emphasized we must keep doing everything possible to keep ER and the government’s broken promise out there in the media and in front of the public and the MPs.

While some strategies may wait until closer to the election, letters to the media can be ongoing and frequent at every opportunity.

If possible, social media connections could be useful as well.

Dave Arthur

In Paul Wells’ conversation with David Johnston in the September 18 issue of Macleans, Johnston states that, if you wanted to name countries around the world that seem to have government that pretty well satisfies the needs of the vast majority of people and has a degree of trust, you’d probably have on that list: Denmark, Sweden, Norway, the United Kingdom, Netherlands, Australia, New Zealand, Canada. He asks what’s common to those? They’re all constitutional monarchies with vigorous parliamentary democracies. So, according to Johnston, something has been working well for us.

Johnston also states that in the Edelman Trust survey, for the first time in eight years, Canada is a “distrustor nation.” More than 50 per cent of our population don’t trust their public institutions. So we’re now in the middle of the pack on that. We used to be in the top third.

I point out that all eight countries, with the exception of Canada, have stronger representative democracies than Canada with the use of proportional representation PR. Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Netherlands, and New Zealand have fully proportional democracies. Australia uses a proportional system for their senate and ranked ballot for the house of representatives. Although the United Kingdom uses first-past-the-post for the house of commons, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland use proportional systems for their own parliaments created in 1998. These countries join 90% of all EU and OECD countries that use proportional representation.

Trudeau promised that 2015 would be the last federal election using first-past-the-post. He set up a special committee on electoral reform that received testimony and written submissions from thousands of Canadians and held town hall meetings across Canada. The vast majority of those supported proportional representation. They did not support Trudeau’s preference for a ranked or preferential ballot, another winner-take-all system that would have clearly benefited the Liberal Party. As a result, Trudeau broke his promise and dropped electoral reform saying there was no consensus.

I join the many Canadians whose trust in our flawed and unfair electoral system has been further diminished by our prime minister’s broken promise. His promise to base policy on evidence does not warrant trust. Evidence from other countries shows that PR countries have better representation for all citizens, more cooperation and consensus, better long range planning, less partisan politics, fewer distorted results, and better government in general.

Dave Arthur

Fair Vote Canada and Democracy Watch File Joint Ethics Complaint against Prime Minister

For Immediate Release
Oct. 12, 2017

OTTAWA — Yesterday, Fair Vote Canada and Democracy Watch jointly released a letter that was sent to federal Conflict of Interest and Ethics Commissioner, Mary Dawson, filing a complaint and requesting investigations and public rulings concerning Prime Minister Trudeau’s dishonest and improper actions concerning electoral reform.  

Set out in the letter to Ethics Commissioner, Mary Dawson, is the evidence that makes it reasonable to conclude that Prime Minister Trudeau’s statements and actions violate rules in the Conflict of Interest Code for Members of the House of Commons (the “MPs Code“) and in the Conflict of Interest Act.

In the lead-up to the 2015 election and beyond, Prime Minister Trudeau promised unequivocally to end the first-past-the-post voting system and replace it with a system that would “Make Every Vote Count.”

The promise to change the voting system was repeated more than 2,000 times and was a key plank in the Liberal election platform.

For five months, the MPs on the Special Committee on Electoral Reform (ERRE) heard overwhelming evidence and heartfelt pleas from Canadians to change the voting system to one that would reflect proportional representation.

Thousands took their time to participate in good faith.

After hearing months of testimony from academics, experts and citizens, the Special Parliamentary Committee on Electoral Reform (ERRE) submitted a majority report that reflected the recommendations of experts invited to testify. The ERRE heard 180 experts in total and of these, 107 expressed themselves on the choice between keeping our current system  or adopting a proportional system. Fully 88% of these expert witnesses called for a proportional system, according to a detailed compilation undertaken by Fair Vote Canada.


This consultative process was the fifteenth of its kind in Canada. Every one of these recommended to make the system fairer and more representative by moving to a proportional voting system, including the federal process initiated by the Prime Minister.

Yet, our Prime Minister ignored all of the evidence and decided arbitrarily that “all forms of proportional representation would be bad for Canada.”

This abrupt reversal of the promise made on electoral reform, and the complete rewriting of the facts show a lack of integrity. It suggests that Mr. Trudeau made his promise of electoral reform solely to attract voters in the first place and never intended to honour this promise. This becomes even clearer considering that both his election promise and the original mandate letter for the Minister of Democratic Institutions explicitly referred to proportional representation as an option, yet the Prime Minister now states he always thought proportional representation would be bad for Canada (see below).

Fair Vote Canada’s Executive Director, Kelly Carmichael states “Canadians need to feel confident that those we elect are honest and act with integrity and put the needs and desire of the citizens of this country before their partisan self-interest. In fact, in the Speech from the Throne, Prime Minister Trudeau appeared to agree with this sentiment as he he continued to laud his plan to unequivocally end first-past-the-post voting system when he stated “The trust Canadians have in public institutions — including Parliament — has, at times, been compromised.”

“If the Ethics Commissioner fails to investigate our complaint or finds Prime Minister Trudeau didn’t violate any rules with his dishonest statements and actions, it will show clearly that the rules need to be changed to prohibit politicians from blatantly misleading Canadian voters with false election promises and claims in-between elections,” said Duff a Conacher, Co-founder of Democracy Watch

Both Fair Vote Canada and Democracy Watch want to see honesty and integrity in politics and both work to strengthen our democracy through better policy. The broken promise on electoral reform is a stellar example of why we feel it necessary to request investigations and public rulings concerning Prime Minister Trudeau’s actions on electoral reform. The policies are in place to protect citizens against dishonesty but they are only effective if  implemented and we hope Ethics Commissioner Mary Dawson will use the tools at her disposal to restore integrity to Canadian politics.



(The full request and evidence to Mary Dawson can be found here:

  1. Background

As the code clearly states, the purposes of the MPs Code as set out in section 1 are to:

(a) maintain and enhance public confidence and trust in the integrity of Members as well as the respect and confidence that society places in the House of Commons as an institution;

(b) demonstrate to the public that Members are held to standards that place the public interest ahead of their private interests and to provide a transparent system by which the public may judge this to be the case;

(c) provide for greater certainty and guidance for Members in how to reconcile their private interests with their public duties and functions; and

(d) foster consensus among Members by establishing common standards and by providing the means by which questions relating to proper conduct may be answered by an independent, non-partisan adviser.

  1. Request for ruling that Prime Minister Trudeau violated rules in the MPs Code

The MPs Code states:

  1. Given that service in Parliament is a public trust, the House of Commons recognizes and declares that Members are expected:

(a) to serve the public interest and represent constituents to the best of their abilities;

(b) to fulfill their public duties with honesty and uphold the highest standards so as to avoid real or apparent conflicts of interests, and maintain and enhance public confidence and trust in the integrity of each Member and in the House of Commons;

  1. Request for ruling that Prime Minister Trudeau violated s. 8 of MPs Code, and ss. 4 and 6 of Conflict of Interest Act

The MPs Code also states in section 8:

“When performing parliamentary duties and functions, a Member shall not act in any way to further his or her private interests or those of a member of the Member’s family, or to improperly further another person’s or entity’s private interests.”

The Conflict of Interest Act (the “Act“), which applies to Prime Minister Trudeau, contains similar rules in sections 4 and 6:

Conflict of interest

4 For the purposes of this Act, a public office holder is in a conflict of interest when he or she exercises an official power, duty or function that provides an opportunity to further his or her private interests or those of his or her relatives or friends or to improperly further another person’s private interests.


6 (1) No public office holder shall make a decision or participate in making a decision related to the exercise of an official power, duty or function if the public office holder knows or reasonably should know that, in the making of the decision, he or she would be in a conflict of interest.

Sincerely yours in the pursuit of honesty and integrity in politics,

Fair Vote Canada and Democracy Watch File Joint Ethics Complaint against Prime Minister | Fair Vote Canada

A Liberal, A Conservative And A Green

Hello FairVoting Friends,

At the end of September, FVC-WR attended the Cambridge International Festival. We would like to thank Bryan May, Liberal MP for Cambridge for visiting our information table and having a straight forward 25 minute conversation with us about the politics of PR. We appreciated Bryan’s time and his willingness share his perspective on the process of electoral reform. Although we see things differently, our thanks to Bryan for continuing the conversation on electoral reform.

Elizabeth May and Michael Chong will speak in Guelph next Tuesday evening, October the 10th on reforming Canada’s democracy. “Turning Parliament Inside Out: Practical Ideas for Reforming Canada’s Democracy” is an opportunity to hear Ms. May speak about electoral reform and Mr. Chong address parliamentary reform. It should be an interesting evening!

Additional details about the evening are below.

Best wishes for a very Happy Thanksgiving!

Sharon for FVC-WR

Fair Vote Guelph presents

Turning Parliament Inside Out

based on the book edited by Michael Chong, Scott Simms, and Kennedy Stewart

Practical Ideas for Reforming Canada’s Democracy


Michael Chong
Michael Chong
on Parliamentary Reform
Elizabeth May
Elizabeth May
on Electoral Reform

Tuesday, October 10, 2017 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Harcourt United Church, 87 Dean Avenue, Guelph

Liberal and NDP representatives from the local riding associations have been invited to reflect on the main presentations

This event is free and accessible (through the back door to the church around the corner from the parking lot). All welcome. Audience participation encouraged. Donations accepted.

Upcoming Fair Vote events for Fall 2017

There are a number of upcoming events:

Discussion Night for Fair Voting — an #IDOPAN event



When: Wednesday, 27 September 2017 from 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Where: Community Room, Bread and Roses Co-operative Homes
Location: 307 Queen Street South, Kitchener Map

Discussion Nights are returning to Fair Vote Waterloo! Thanks to a bit of prompting from Fair Vote Canada we’ll be holding a guided discussion to answer the questions How can we capitalize on what has happened over the last two years? and How can we raise the profile of Proportional Representation, and elect a Member of Parliament who supports PR, and make the next election different?

If you’re coming to Discussion Night please make sure you’re subscribed to either the Discussion or Announcements mailing list. We’ll e-mail a parking permit to those mailing lists for anyone who’s driving in.

Upcoming Webinars

Fair Vote Canada has scheduled a number of Webinars in the upcoming months. Check their Webinars schedule page for up-to-date information.

Countries with PR : How has it shaped their politics for the better?

When: Sunday 24 September 2017 at 7:00pm EDT

Special Guest: Associate Professor and Electoral Reform Expert Dennis Pilon. Dennis is the author of several books including “The Politics of Voting: Reforming Canada’s Electoral System” and many articles. Full bio at Dennis M. Pilon | Faculty Profile | Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies. Dennis will discuss the use of PR in other western democracies and how it has made a difference to their politics.


Building your local team and mentoring local leadership

When: Sunday 1 October 2017 at 3:00pm EDT

Special Guest: Sharon Sommerville, leader of Fair Vote Canada’s Waterloo Region team. Sharon has been involved with Fair Vote Canada since about 2012, and leads one of the most active chapters in Canada, hosting 4-5 events, about 10 community tables, speaking engagements and numerous meetings with MPs each year, as well as regular volunteer meetings. Largely as a result of this work, Waterloo Region had one of the best attended electoral reform consultations in Canada. In this workshop she’ll share what has worked to get new volunteers involved and nurture shared leadership within the team — generating more activities and creativity and avoiding burnout. This workshop will be an opportunity for other Fair Vote Canada leaders to share their successes and challenges.

Register: If you are not on our Chapters/teams email list and would like to join this workshop, please contact

PR Systems for Canada Series
Part One: Multi-member Systems — Single Transferable Vote (PR-STV) and Local PR

When: Saturday 21 October 2017 at 2:00pm EDT

Special Guest: Byron Weber Becker. Find out how Single Transferable Vote (PR-STV) and an adaptation of it (Local PR) works for Canada! Byron Weber Becker teaches Computer Science at University of Waterloo. He has combined his passion for electoral change and his computer science expertise into a web site ( with detailed simulations of how various proportional options for Canada perform with different features under different conditions. He testified to the all-party committee on electoral reform and was asked to do additional work for them. Byron has been involved with the design of two made-for-Canada electoral systems, Rural-Urban Proportional Representation (in collaboration with Fair Vote Canada and Fair Voting BC — see webinar three in this series) and Local Proportional Representation.


Helping Your Team Message to and Reach Out to Youth!

When: Sunday 29 October 2017 at 1:00pm EDT

Special Guest: Chardaye Bueckert. Chardaye Bueckert has demonstrated her passion for youth engagement as a member of Fair Vote Canada’s National Council and Youth Committee, as a World Economic Forum’s Global Shaper, and as president of Simon Fraser University’s student government. Her accomplishments as a young leader were recently recognized with a Schwarzman Scholarship, enabling Chardaye to complete a Masters in Global Affairs in China. Chardaye is 26 years old and lives in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Register: If you are not on our Chapters/teams email list and would like to join this workshop, please contact

Busting the Most Common Myths about PR for Canada: Get the Facts!

When: Sunday 12 November 2017 at 2:00pm EDT

Does PR mean instability? Will MPs still be accountable? What about “fringe parties”? Get the facts to answer all the most common myths, take a look at the research on PR, and ask your questions!


PR Systems for Canada Series
Part Two: Top-up Systems — Mixed Member Proportional (MMP)

When: Sunday 26 November 2017 at 2:00pm EDT

Special Guest: Byron Weber Becker. Find out how Mixed Member Proportional (MMP) works for Canada! Byron Weber Becker teaches Computer Science at University of Waterloo. He has combined his passion for electoral change and his computer science expertise into a web site ( with detailed simulations of how various proportional options for Canada perform with different features under different conditions. He testified to the all-party committee on electoral reform and was asked to do additional work for the committee. Byron has been involved with the design of two made-for-Canada electoral systems, Rural-Urban Proportional Representation (in collaboration with Fair Vote Canada and Fair Voting BC — see webinar three in this series) and Local Proportional Representation (see webinar one in this series).


PR Systems for Canada Series
Part Three: Made-for-Canada hybrid, blended systems — Rural-Urban Proportional

When: Sunday 10 December 2017 at 2:00pm EDT

Special Guest: Byron Weber Becker. Find out how Rural-Urban Proportional and Local PR work for Canada! Byron Weber Becker teaches Computer Science at University of Waterloo. He has combined his passion for electoral change and his computer science expertise into a web site ( with detailed simulations of how various proportional options for Canada perform with different features under different conditions. He testified to the all-party committee on electoral reform and was asked to do additional work for the committee. Byron has been involved with the design of two made-for-Canada electoral systems, Rural-Urban Proportional Representation (in collaboration with Fair Vote Canada and Fair Voting BC) and Local Proportional Representation (see webinar one in this series).


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,
for FVC-WR

You can get these announcements by e-mail by subscribing to the Fair Vote Waterloo Announcements mailing list or the Fair Vote Waterloo Discussion mailing list.

Visit @FairvoteWRC at @OSWaterloo This Afternoon!

Good Morning FairVoting Friends,

Join us at Open Streets in Waterloo Square this afternoon (12 – 5pm) to sign a petition or send a postcard! Let’s remind our government of their promise to ensure equality for all voters.

Our new t-shirts have arrived and they look terrific. The black lettering on white is very striking and gets our message across.

The message reads:


Fair & Proportional

The shirts will be available to purchase by donation at our information table this today at Open Streets in Waterloo Square from noon to 5 pm.

Hope to see you soon!

Best wishes,
for FVC-WR

Letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau

Ron Bowman's sign: PM Trudeau & your Liberal MP promised to replace our 150 yr old unfair voting system - it seems we were lied to... that's #RealBetrayal

Ron Bowman at the 2017 Multicultural Festival

Rt. Hon. Prime Minster Justin Trudeau

Dear Mr. Trudeau,

By walking away from your promise to reform Canada‘s First Past the Post (FPTP) electoral system, you have shown Canadians that you do not represent “Real Change”, but the same old “say anything to get elected” behaviour that we’ve seen so often in the past from politicians.

You campaigned on a promise to replace FPTP before the next federal election in 2019. This promise did not include a prerequisite for a broad consensus or an overwhelming indication from the public that they care about this issue. Upon reflection it seems possible that you may have had no intention of fulfilling this commitment from the outset.

With regard to the reasons you have publicly stated for your decision, I would say to you that leadership is more complex than exclusively peddling one‘s own views like Stephen Harper did with his majority, or what you seem to suggest is your “modus operandi”… only undertaking actions which have broad support and interest from the public. Your father understood that when he repatriated the constitution in Canada in 1982. Had Pierre Trudeau not demonstrated leadership at the time but waited instead for “consensus among Canadians” on how, or even whether, to do so, or did nothing at all, we would still be functioning under the British North America Act of 1867.

You and Minister Gould have stated that we cannot agree on how to, or if we should reform our electoral system, despite clear recommendations from the Law Commission of Canada in 2004 and the all party committee in 2016. Both recommended replacing First Past the Post and both recommended some form of Proportional Representation.

Anyone that accepts your excuses on this broken promise, especially die hard Liberals, would do well to remember that a new government in the future can undo every single good thing they feel you have done. If for example, an ideologue like Kevin O’Leary assumes leadership of the Conservative Party, and becomes Prime Minister with a majority, we’ll likely see another Harper style gutting of most of your accomplishments.

Sadly, with this one major broken promise, you have shown yourself to be just another self serving disingenuous politician, not a catalyst for progressive change. I know a few people that were lured back to the polls in 2015, some at my personal prompting… after years of not voting because you specifically promised to make every vote count for something. Your decision to abandon that promise for tenuous reasons, will very likely discourage them from voting in 2019.

I became a supporter of the Liberal party before the last election, I now completely and unreservedly withdraw that support. Further, because of this most deceitful act, I will actively campaign against your government between now and the next federal election. For me, that will very likely include regular picketing at each local MP’s office copied on this email as well as at public events that they attend.

In 2019, the possibility of lower voter turnout after your “charisma” has faded significantly, together with a split non Conservative vote, may result in a Conservative government. lf it does, all l can say is, “that‘s the way the FPTP cookie crumbles”. You had a chance to make things better and opted for your own short term self interest instead.


This letter was originally published on Twitter on 7 February 2017. You can follow Ron Bowman as @RetiredCdnRJB.

A Poster: It Was Only Ever AV For Trudeau

NewsDear FairVoting Friends,

Last Tuesday, Prime Minister Trudeau answered a question on electoral reform at a press conference in Ottawa. His answer was a long last truthful; the LPC dropped electoral reform because Alternative Vote (ranked ballot/preferential vote) wasn’t the electoral system of choice. The earlier talking points used by Liberal MPs (no national consensus, can’t move forward without the support of Canadians etc.) were proven to be smoke and mirrors.

This is an article by Althia Raj, Ottawa Bureau Chief for the Huffington Post that reports on the Prime Minister’s comments:

Trudeau Blames Opposition For Not Reading His Mind On Electoral Reform

The prime minister could have been honest with MPs and with Canadians and said during the campaign that he wanted a preferential ballot. He could have saved taxpayers millions of dollars — in committee travel costs, ministers’ travel costs and for a $2-million “” survey — for public consultations that he didn’t intend to pay attention to.

Instead, he chose to make a political ploy of letting Canadians — many of them NDP and Green party voters — believe he was open to a proportional voting system that would give their parties a stronger voice in the House of Commons.

Fair Vote Canada has put together a poster which illustrates Trudeau’s comments and about face on electoral reform. If you could share the poster to let folks know that the Prime Minister has been misleading Canadians, it would help hold the government to account.

If you have any questions, please be in touch. My email is

All the best,
for FVC-WR

Justin Trudeau on Electoral Reform | Before: Such a study must be undertaken _without any preconceived notions of what the best solution would be._ After: We had a preference to give people a ranked ballot... | Before: I'm really open to listening to Canadians. I have moved in my thinking towards a greater degree of openness to what Canadians actually want.  After: I have been consistent and crystal clear from the beginning of my political career... I think proportional representation would be bad for our country. | Before: It's not up to any one person, even the Prime Minister, to define exactly what the right system is.  After: It was my choice to make.