Video: Maryam Monsef in Waterloo Region, 14 September 2016

With the recent controversy over the Hon. Maryam Monsef claiming the straw poll she took at her Electoral Reform Town Halls do not support Electoral Reform, it is interesting to look at the video of the event held in Waterloo Region on Wednesday, 14 September 2016 to hear what was actually said:

Published on Oct 31, 2016

The Honourable Maryam Monsef’s National ERRÉ Cross Canada Community Dialogue Tour stopped in Waterloo Region on September 14th, 2016. This is Ms. Monsef’s introductory speech to the 300+ folk who turned out to discuss Electoral Reform.

Note: I’ve compensated for an unusable bit of video with a montage of still photo.

Because I participated in the small group discussion, the rest of the video is in bits & pieces. I’ll post more of the video from that evening as soon as possible.


Music Credit:
“Nothing in the Dark” (instrumental version) from “heretoday” is copyright by Josh Woodward and released under a Creative Commons Attribution License.

Maryam Monsef in Waterloo Region is Copyright © 2016 by Laurel L. Russwurm of LibreLeft Pictures and released under a CC BY-SACreative Commons Attribution Share-alike 2.0 license.
Accompanying music Nothing In The Dark is Copyright © 2016 by Josh Woodward and released under a CC BYCreative Commons Attribution-Only 4.0 license.

Discussion Night and Strategy Meeting Followup



The next Fair Vote Waterloo Discussion Night will be this coming Wednesday:

What: Fair Vote Waterloo Discussion Night for November 2016
When: Wednesday, 30 November 2016 from 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Where: Cafe 1842 at the Huether Hotel
Location: 59 King Street North, Waterloo, Ontario Map 1

Cafe 1842 at the Huether Hotel is open to 11:00pm or midnight each night and has a very quiet section on the north side which would work well for us. There is on-street parking & in the Huether’s lot on the north side of the building & it’s on a bus line. Many thanks to Sharon Sommerville for hosting!



We’re also having a follow-up to our Strategy Meeting from Thursday, 10 November 2016. It has become even more crucial that we address the denial of Minister Monsef about the broad support for Electoral Reform.

What: Strategy Meeting Followup
When: Tuesday, 6 December 2016 from 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Where: Sharon Sommerville’s dining room
Location: 85 Westmount Road South, Waterloo, Ontario Map 2

There is street parking on Douglas Street, and you can enter through the back door from the driveway. Thanks to Sharon Sommerville for hosting again!

Minutes of the previous meeting: Notes from FVC – WR Fall 2016 Strategy Meeting, 10 November 2016

Sincerity on Electoral Reform in Question?

Press release sent to local media in Waterloo Region on 22 November 2016


We in Fair Vote Canada Waterloo Region Chapter were most excited by the election of a government which promised that 2015 would be the last election to use First Past the Post (FPTP) to determine how we would be represented. We were further heartened by the creation of an electoral reform committee, representative of the make-up of our House of Commons. In a very compressed time frame the committee has heard from a great number of Canadians and expert witnesses. Locally, we were especially pleased by the opportunity of a Town Hall on September 14th hosted by the four local Liberal members of Parliament and the Minister of Democratic Institutions, the Honourable Maryam Monsef.

Sadly, we have been disappointed and increasingly concerned by the statements of our Prime Minister and the Minister that suggest a lack of commitment to, if not an outright backing away from, their campaign promise. At the same time we recently saw the summary of our local Town Hall prepared for the members of the electoral reform committee which deepen these concerns.

The report confuses the concept of Alternative Vote with that of Proportional representation. Most importantly, the summary in our view does not fairly or accurately reflect the level of support voiced at the meeting for some form of proportional representation. This is consistent with the overwhelming message Canadians and expert witnesses have provided directly to the electoral reform committee and in the many Town Halls held across this country. A summary of this feedback can be found at Waterloo Region MPs’ Submission To The Electoral Reform Committee

We respectfully ask that this government honour its promise to make 2015 the last election to use First Past the Post. For more information about Fair Vote Canada and our concerns, please contact:

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

Phone: +1–519-635-9413


Waterloo Region MPs’ Submission To The Electoral Reform Committee

Maryam Monsef's National Electoral Reform Community Dialogue | Stanley Park Community Centre, Kitchener

Waterloo Region Electoral Reform Town Hall, 14 September 2016

Dear Waterloo Region Fair Voting Friends,

This past year has been hopeful for those of us seeking to replace FPTP with a fair electoral system. Over the summer & fall many of us participated in the electoral reform consultation process. It was an exciting & important exercise in democracy which we hope will lead to changes to ensure a healthier democracy and better public policy for all Canadians.

We thought you might be interested in reading the report submitted to the Electoral Reform Committee by all four Waterloo Region Liberal MPs on the September town hall. It is an important representation of the current state of interest and thinking about electoral reform in our area.

Here is the link to the report:

Town Hall Report on Electoral Reform Public Consultation (.pdf, 220 kBytes), an image of the file is below.

If you attended the town hall, would you give us your opinion of the report?

Your feedback is important to ensure the transparency of the process. Thank you for your time & support as we work together for electoral reform.

Best regards,

Sharon Sommerville for FVC-WR

Town Hall Report on Electoral Reform Public Consultation

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.

Maryam Monsef’s National Electoral Reform Community Dialogue Tour by Laurel L. Russwurm is used under a CC BYCreative Commons — Attribution 2.0 Generic — CC BY 2.0 license.

Choose a date for a Strategy Meeting

MeetingThe Fall Strategy Meeting will be 7:00pm, Thursday, 10 November 2016 at 85 Westmount Rd. S., WaterlooThere have been some alarming comments from both Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Minister of Democratic Institutions Maryam Monsef that Canadians no longer need Electoral Reform because the Liberals have formed the government.

There’s an urgent need to make a coordinated effort to address the Liberals’ backsliding on their election promise of electoral reform. We talked about this at the previous Discussion Night, and had scheduled a Strategy Meeting for Wednesday, 23 November 2016. Unfortunately, a significant number of people can’t make it for that date, and because of the urgency of this issue an earlier date was requested.

When should we have our November 2016 Strategy Meeting?
9 votes

If you can’t complete the poll you can e-mail me at I’ll pick the date on Tuesday, 8 November based on the plurality of the poll results.

At the meeting we will discuss ways to combat the Liberals’ misperception of Canadians’ overwhelming support for Electoral Reform:

  • Do we have a letter writing campaign to target Liberal MPs?
  • The ERRE committee?
  • Media?
  • Do we make phone calls?
  • Have individual meetings with MPs?
  • Have protest rallies?
  • Thank you!
    –Bob Jonkman,
    Co-Chair, Fair Vote Waterloo

    From the Discussion Mailing List:

    It is critical that we create a powerful response that sends a clear message about how upset & angry we are at this betrayal. And how it will impact the next election!

    Anyone can subscribe to the Fair Vote Waterloo Announcements mailing list or the Fair Vote Waterloo Discussion mailing list.