Fair Vote Waterloo Discussion Night — Monday, 30 May 2016 at Bauer Kitchen



Hi Everyone: The last Monday of the month is approaching, so it’s time for another Discussion Night.

What: Fair Vote Waterloo Discussion Night
When: Monday, 30 May 2016 from 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Where: The Bauer Kitchen
Location: 187 King Street South, Waterloo, Ontario Map
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FairvoteWRC had a Strategy Meeting last Thursday, 19 May 2016 to discuss the ways in which we can influence the All-party Parliamentary Committee’s decision and report. If you missed the meeting then Discussion Night is an opportunity to catch up! You can read the minutes from the 2016 Strategy and Executive Meeting.

The Fair Vote Canada (National Office) Annual General Meeting is in Ottawa on 3-4 June 2016. Who’s going?

The Summer Festival Season is upon us! Do you know of any events where Fair Vote Waterloo can set up an information booth or table? We have several events planned already; come help out! If you have no experience staffing an information booth we’ll pair you up with an experienced volunteer.

And some news items worth discussing:

Local MPP Catherine Fife is in the news calling for more transparency and a non-partisan, independent overview to the provincial Liberals’ proposal for electoral reform in Ontario: Liberals propose sweeping changes to electoral process – Waterloo Chronicle

The Referendum advocates seem to be gaining ground. Let’s discuss why a referendum isn’t needed, and promote that at our summer info tables (hint: it’s a Charter issue). Here’s iPolitics’ article on some recent polls: A referendum on electoral reform? Making sense of differing EKOS, Ipsos polls – iPolitics

And an older news item, but still worthy of consideration: “Trudeau unlikely to change voting system, say political scientists” — what can we do to prevent Justin Trudeau’s views from prevailing at the APC? Trudeau unlikely to change voting system, say political scientists – British Columbia – CBC News

Two final items:

Let’s discuss when and where we should have the Fair Vote Waterloo Annual General Meeting. Do we want to combine it with Discussion Night on 27 June 2016, or hold it earlier in the month on another weekday?

And where should we hold our next Discussion Night? Bauer Kitchen is nice, but it’s not for everyone. Does anyone have a second-favourite place for our group to meet?

See you all on Monday!

–Bob Jonkman
Co-chair, Fair Vote Waterloo

Fair Vote Waterloo Strategy Meeting on Thursday, 19 May 2016

Minutes of the 2016 Strategy and Executive Meeting now available.



Hi Everyone: Just a reminder of the Strategy Meeting tonight (Thursday) for Fair Vote Waterloo members.

The Hon. Maryam Monsef, Minister of Democratic Institutions has announced the creation of the All-Party Parliamentary Committee on Electoral Reform. This committee must table its report by 1 December 2016.

The Government asks the committee to invite Members of Parliament to host town halls with Canadians across the country to consider – together – how the principles should be reflected in our electoral system.

We must begin preparations to be involved, in whatever ways are appropriate, in the five town halls that will be held in Waterloo Region. The Fair Vote Waterloo Executive Board and interested others will meet to share ideas and look at developing a plan.

Everyone is welcome to attend this meeting!

Some things for us to consider before meeting:

  • Objectives
  • MP town halls
  • Meeting with Minister Monsef in KW
  • Deputation to All Party Committee in KW

What: Fairvote Waterloo Strategy and Executive Meeting
When: Thursday, 19 May 2016 from 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Where: Sharon Sommerville’s dining room
Location: 85 Westmount Road South, Waterloo Map

Parking on Douglas, use the back door if you like.

If you’re on Facebook you can register at the Fairvote Waterloo Strategy and Executive Meeting

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

The presentation is ready: Make Every Vote Count

Make Every Vote Count |Fair Vote Canada - Représentation équitable  au Canada

Title slide Make Every Vote Count

At long last, Fair Vote Waterloo’s presentation on Proportional Representation and voting systems is ready!

This presentation, Make Every Vote Count, describes four types of voting systems: First-Past-The-Post and Alternative Vote (both Winner-Take-All systems), and Multi-Member and Mixed Member (both Proportional Representation systems).

Available as:

The presenter’s script is available as:

The presentation was prepared by Byron Weber Becker, with research, editorial advice and project management by Sharon Sommerville, Bob Jonkman, Sean Haberlin, Gordon Divitt, and Holly Featherstone.

Please send inquiries and suggestions for improvement to bwbecker@golden.net.

To the extent possible under law, Byron Weber Becker has waived all copyright and related or neighboring rights to this Presentation in any format. This work is published from: Canada. See CC0 - Public  Domainhttp://creativecommons.org/publicdomain/zero/1.0/