The Liberal Party campaign promise to “Make Every Vote Count” is very positive for the Fair Vote movement. It’s a clear recognition of the core problem with our current winner-take-all voting system, which is that the outcome of our elections, i.e. parliament, is not a good representation of the true diversity of our opinion as voters.
In order to meet this promise, the government will strike an all-party parliamentary committee which will report back to parliament so that new legislation can be introduced within the first 18 months. During that time, the committee will investigate ranked ballots, proportional representation, mandatory voting and online voting, as well as other issues that may come up.
This is a huge opportunity for proponents of proportional representation. If things go well, we may just see our first ever federal election held with PR in 2019!
Of course, PR is not a fait accompli. The committee’s recommendations could take many forms that do not include proportional representation. So the question is, how do we help the process along? What can you do? What can we as the Vancouver Chapter of Fair Vote Canada do?
To come up with some answers, we have organized a strategy meeting. All supporters of proportional representation are invited to attend. Please come and get involved. Help to work towards changing our voting system to one that more effectively represents all Canadian voters.
Thursday Dec. 10th
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Mount Pleasant Community Centre, 1 Kingsway, Vancouver