Fair Vote Waterloo Discussion Night at Egg Roll King Restaurant, Wednesday, 25 January 2017 at 7:00pm

Group discussionFair Vote Waterloo is having the first Discussion Night of the New Year! Join us for an evening of Q&A, political discussion, and figuring out strategies for getting electoral reform in Canada (hint: meet with, write to, or e-mail your MP).

It’s been another interesting month: The cabinet in Canada’s parliament has been shuffled; and there’s also been a shuffle in the government down south. And Prime Minister Trudeau has been holding Town Hall Meetings across Canada.

In the news:

See you Wednesday!

What: Discussion Night
When: Wednesday, 25 January 2017 from 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Where: Egg Roll King Restaurant
Location: 85 Courtland Avenue East, Kitchener, Ontario Map

We expect to be busy talking to MPs and advocating for Proportional Representation in the bill that is due in parliament in May, so this will be the last Discussion Night for a while. We’ll resume in May with a potluck dinner.


Let’s Give Minister Gould Numbers From Waterloo Region

Good Morning and Happy Friday Fair Voting Friends,

Karina Gould, MP for Burlington recently became the Minister of Democratic Institutions. We have sent her a congratulatory letter of welcome and are looking forward to her approach to building a new electoral system for Canada.

As we know, the Liberals are the party of evidence based policy making. We would like to make sure that Minister Gould has the numbers on how many citizens have contacted their MP about electoral reform since the election and we need your help. We think it is important to make sure the new minister knows how many people in Waterloo Region care about real change for our electoral system.

If you have any kind of contact: sent an email or letter, made a telephone call, had a chance encounter or met with any Liberal MP in Waterloo Region and raised electoral reform, could you let us know? We would also be interested in knowing if you tried to book an appointment but were unable to finalize a meeting. We are looking for the name of the MP, date (more or less) and the type of contact ie. telephone conversation, chance encounter at a summer festival etc..

Our government has been consistently saying that everyday Canadians don’t care about a fair electoral system. The Liberal caucus will be making its decision about electoral reform in February so letting Minister Gould know how many people care about fair representation is important. If you have contacted your MP in anyway or spoken with any MP about electoral reform we hope to hear from you soon!

Please let us know by responding to:


Thank you for your support!

With thanks,
Sharon Sommerville
for FVC-WR

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Car Pool To Justin Trudeau’s Town Hall In London, Friday, 13 January 2017

Note the change in venue: Now held at Alumni Hall, Western University
1151 Richmond Street, London, Ontario: Western to play host to PM Town Hall event

Good Day Fair Voting Friends,

Tomorrow evening, Friday, 13 January 2017, Justin Trudeau will hold a town hall in London. It is possible that the issue of electoral reform will be raised, it would be so helpful if there were PR supporters in the audience.

If you are interested in attending, there is the possibility of a car pool to make the trip easier and more fun.

Email me at: sharonsommerville@gmail.com if you would like to join the car pool.

The town hall is being organized by London Liberal MP Peter Fragiskatos. Attendees are being asked to RSVP. You can RSVP at Peter Fragiskatos’s website: Important Information Regarding the Prime Minister’s Town Hall

All the best,
for FVC-WR

What: Justin Trudeau Town Hall
When: Friday, 13 January 2017 at 6:30pm
Where: Alumni Hall, Western University
Location: 1151 Richmond Street, London, Ontario Map

Where: Carling Heights Optimist Community Centre (CHOCC)
Location: 656 Elizabeth Street, London, Ontario Map

More info: Peter Fragiskatos website

Reminder: Fair Vote Waterloo Strategy Meeting Tomorrow, 7:00pm, Wednesday, 11 January 2017

Meeting notes now online!


Just a reminder that Fair Vote Waterloo is having a strategy meeting at 7:00pm tomorrow, Wednesday, 11 January 2017 to discuss how we can continue to let our Members of Parliament know that we still want Electoral Reform. Everybody is welcome to attend! You don’t need to be a member of Fair Vote, or have a degree in political science!

What: Fair Vote Waterloo 2017 New Year’s Strategy Meeting
When: Wednesday, 11 January 2017 from 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Where: Sharon Sommerville’s dining room
Location: 85 Westmount Road South, Waterloo, Ontario Map

Plenty of parking on Douglas Street, and you can come in at the back door at the end of the driveway off Douglas.

From the CBC

Gould, 29, is the youngest female cabinet minister in Canadian history.

The Burlington, Ont., MP is an Oxford University graduate and a trade and investment specialist who worked for the Mexican Trade Commission before her foray into federal politics.

There has been a most interesting development this week: A cabinet shuffle has replaced Maryam Monsef as the Minister of Democratic Institutions with rookie MP Karina Gould. We can discuss how this will affect the Liberals’ promise of electoral reform.

Chrystia Freeland takes over Foreign Affairs as Trudeau shuffles cabinet – Politics – CBC News

The 3 new faces of Justin Trudeau’s Liberal cabinet – Politics – CBC News

Notes from previous strategy meetings:

The home stretch for electoral reform

Sharon Sommerville

Sharon Sommerville

Hello and Happy New Year!,

This month, we are moving into the home stretch for electoral reform. After a very busy and at times controversial summer and fall of MP, ministerial & committee consultations, tabling of the ERRE report and the arrival of the MyDemocracy.ca survey, the government recently confirmed that they are on track to introduce legislation on electoral reform in May. This means that when the House re-convenes latter this month, Liberal MPs will be taking action on electoral reform. We have a little over two weeks to convince our four regional Liberal MPs that they should support proportional representation when they talk in caucus or cabinet.

The best tool we have is to talk or write to our respective MPs. It isn’t too late to get an appointment with your MP or if an appointment isn’t possible, write an email or letter. Can you take a few minutes to book an appointment, write an email or letter? Our local Liberal MPs have been resolute in their public neutrality on electoral reform but they will be making this important decision in the coming weeks in caucus and cabinet. This is possibly our last opportunity to let our MPs know that they have a responsibility to honour their campaign promise to make every vote count. Please let them know that fairness, equality, accountability, good governance and local representation are all possible through proportional representation and nothing else will fulfill their promise to make every vote count.

Contact information for all MPs can be found here: Current Members of Parliament | Parliament of Canada

Please let me know if you can help make fair elections a reality in 2019!

All the best in 2017,

for FVC-WR

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