Audio Recording of All Candidates Meeting of 25 August 2015 is Available

Hello Fair Voting Friends,

For those of you that weren’t able to make the Kitchener-Centre ACM there are two links that might be of interest to you. The first is an audio recording of the meeting by The Working Centre. Fvc All candidates Kitchener Centre : Fair Vote Canada – Waterloo Region

The second is the article in today’s Record by Luisa D’Amato on the meeting:

D’Amato: In Kitchener, the anti-Harper movement flexes its muscle (Mirror)

Let’s make 2015 the last unfair election!

Best regards,

Sharon Sommerville
for FVC-WR

Pictures of the Kitchener-Centre Electoral Reform Debate, 25 August 2015

More pictures on Laurel L. Russwurm’s Flickr album Fairvote Debate: KitCen

Candidates at the Fair Vote Canada Kitchener-Centre All Candidate Electoral Reform Debate

Candidates at the Fair Vote Canada Kitchener-Centre All Candidate Electoral Reform Debate

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Front: (Unknown), Nicholas Wendler (Green Party Candidate), Sharon Sommerville (Co-chair, Fair Vote Waterloo)
Back: Jennifer Ross (Treasurer, Fair Vote Waterloo), Laura Lee Roberts (Campaign Manager for Nicholas Wendler), Bob Jonkman (Co-chair, FVW), Shannon Adshade (Executive, FVW)


Sharon Sommerville, Raj Saini (Liberal Candidate), Jennifer Ross, Anita Nickerson (Fair Vote Canada Chapter Coordinator), Laura Lee Roberts


Bob Jonkman, Shannon Adshade, Sharon Sommerville, Susan Cadell (NDP Candidate), Jennifer Ross, Cameron Dearlove

Last Night’s All Candidates Meeting in Kitchener-Centre

Hello Fair Voting Friends,

Thank you to everyone who came out to FVC-WR’s first of five All Candidate Meetings. The Kitchener-Centre meeting was a great success. About 100 people attended and we had a thoughtful & respectful discussion about proportional representation.

Our thanks to Liberal Party candidate Raj Saini, Green Party candidate Nicholas Wendler and NDP candidate Susan Cadell for their participation last night. All three represented their party well.

Thanks also to the wonderful staff at the Queen Street Commons Cafe for their support in making the event a success.

It was clear from last night’s discussion that each of the candidates have a personal commitment to proportional representation. Given their parties respective platforms on electoral reform, we are closing in on seeing an element of proportional representation in our electoral system.

FVC -WR will be hosting All Candidates Meetings in the other four ridings in Waterloo Region over the next five weeks. Dates, times and locations will be announced when the details are confirmed. If you live in any of the four other ridings, please join us at the All Candidates Meeting in your riding!

Till then,

Sharon Sommerville for FVC – WR

All Candidates Meeting in Kitchener-Centre, Tuesday, 25 August 2015 at 7pm

Map of Kitchener-Centre

Kitchener Centre

Hello Fair Voting Friends,

Tomorrow night is our All Candidates Meeting in Kitchener-Centre. You can speak directly to the candidates from the Green, NDP and Liberal Party about where they and their parties stand on electoral reform and other issues as well.

The All Candidates Meeting is at the Queen Street Commons Cafe, 43 Queen Street South at 7 pm. Map

We would like to video this event, if you are planning on attending the meeting and can tape it, we would appreciate your help.

Hope to see you tomorrow at 7 pm at the Queen Street Commons.

Till then,
Sharon Sommerville
for FVC -WR

Fair Vote at Uptown Waterloo Open Streets Today!

Four times a year, the City of Waterloo closes part of King Street turning a bit of the downtown core into a pedestrian mall. People can walk, cycle, skate scoot or cartwheel down the middle of the street. And once again, Fair Vote Canada’s Waterloo Region will be there for Open Streets Uptown Waterloo!

This afternoon between 1 – 5pm drop by and visit with Fair Vote volunteers who will be happy to discuss the importance of Proportional Representation… and bring your friends who might be interested in chatting or reading about how we can address Canada’s democratic deficit.

Look for FVC WRC co-chair Bob Jonkman, who also happens to be the Kitchener-Conestoga Green Party Candidate in the 2015 election campaign on now.

Bob at Open Streets 2015

Bob at Open Streets 2013

The Election Has Been Called So It’s Game On

BallotHello Fair Voting Friends,

The unofficial election campaign is now official, Parliament has been dissolved, the election is underway and we will go to the polls on Monday, October 19th.

This is going to be the most important election in a generation and it’s expected to be a close one. It is estimated that this election will be won in ten swing ridings and by a few thousand voters in those ridings. Here in Waterloo Region, Kitchener-Centre and Waterloo are swing ridings.

The most important thing each of us can do is to vote and encourage nonvoters of voting age to vote for candidates who support proportional representation. When candidates come to your door, ask them their positions on electoral reform and their commitment to ensuring fair & equitable elections. A government that works for all Canadians starts with a fair electoral system.

FVC-WR will be hosting All Candidates Meetings in all five Waterloo Region ridings. Details on each meeting will be announced soon. Help is always welcome so if you would like to get involved with organizing the All Candidates Meeting in your riding, please be in touch.

FVC will be issuing report cards on each candidate’s position on electoral reform and proportional representation. We will send the report cards out soon as well. They will be helpful as you make a decision on whom to support on October 19th.

Voter ID requirements have changed. Your voter ID card is not longer acceptable ID. Go to the Election Canada web page Everything a Voter Should Know to make sure you are registered to vote and have the correct ID.

Let’s send MPs back to Ottawa who will work to make this the last unfair election.

Best regards, Sharon Sommerville for FVC-WR

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