Kelly Carmichael OpEd piece in The Record, 15 July 2015

The Record logoHello FairVoting Friends,

Yesterday the Waterloo Region Record published an OpEd by Kelly Carmichael. Kelly is the Executive Director of Fair Vote Canada. It is a succinct review of why we need proportional representation and the evidence which supports PR as the electoral system of choice.

If you missed it, here it is:

Fairness should be the key to electoral reform

This a great opportunity to have letters in support of proportional representation published in the Record. If you have a few minutes you can submit a letter to the editor at:

It doesn’t need to be long but you need to include your name, address and daytime telephone number. Let me know if you submit a letter!

Best regards,
Sharon Sommerville
for FVC -WR

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KW Multi-Cultural Fest Mock Election

Bob explains electoral reform

KW Multi-Cultural Festival: Bob explains electoral reform at the Fair Vote WRC tent


Canadians are interested in electoral reform these days. Some people say adopting an electoral system that would give us Proportional Representation wouldn’t work because the voting process would be too hard for Canadians. The folks at Fair Vote Canada disagree. More than 80 countries in the world have adopted Proportional Representation, and it hasn’t proven too difficult for them.

To demonstrate Canadians are smart enough to manage to vote for what we want in an election where we might actually get it, the folks at Fair Vote Waterloo decided to conduct a mock MMPR (Mixed Member Proportional Representation) election at the KW Multi-Cultural Festival.

This young man was very eager to try his hand at voting, and it certainly did not prove too difficult for him.

Choosing a candidate on the MMPR ballot

Choosing a candidate on the MMPR ballot

Bob Jonkman looks on as a young man expresses his wishes in the mock election.

Bob Jonkman looks on as a young man expresses his choices on the ballot.

choosing a party - on the left side of the ballot the voter chose Meatloaf, on the right his pen hovers over the Pie Party

The second half of an MMPR ballot is where the voter chooses a party

The young man deposits his own ballot in the ballot box

The voter deposits his ballot in the ballot box, just as we do now.

We hope to publish our mock election results later this week!

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