Your Vote Should Count

Canadians have a problem with our electoral system: it produces false majorities, exaggerates regional divisions and leaves huge numbers of voters without a voice in Parliament. It is time for change. Canada needs a fair voting system in which every vote counts.

The Broadbent Institute is leading the fight for a proportional representation voting system - an electoral system that is fairrepresentative, and engaging. We are working to ensure that the Liberal government honours its commitment to make the 2015 federal election the last one using our outdated first-past-the-vote system.

Let's not get this wrong or make our unfair system even worse. Let's replace it with a fair voting system based on a simple principle: the number of seats held by a party in the House of Commons closely matches their actual level of support throughout the country.

We need your help to ensure that the Liberal government honours its commitment to make the 2015 federal election the last one using our outdated first-past-the-vote system. Add your name to the growing list of Canadians asking that every voter counts in the next federal election with the only electoral system that can make it happen: proportional representation.

Dear Prime Minister Trudeau and Minister Monsef,

During the 2015 election, under Canada’s winner-take-all electoral system, nine million votes were wasted. It is clear to me that as a country, we have a problem with our electoral system: it produces false majorities, exaggerates regional divisions and leaves huge numbers of voters without a voice in Parliament.

It is time for change. Canada needs a fair voting system in which every voter counts.

That is why I am urging you to honour your commitment to make the 2015 federal election the last one using the outdated first-past-the-post voting system. But let’s not get this wrong or make our unfair system even worse.

Let's replace it with a fair voting system based on a simple principle: the number of seats held by a party in the House of Commons closely matches their actual level of support throughout the country. A system that provides a way for Canadians to choose a local representative and see their political views represented in Parliament with equal and effective votes for all. Only one electoral system does that: proportional representation. 

Please ensure that every voter counts in the next federal election. Please bring in proportional representation.

Statement by Executive Director Rick Smith on electoral reform report

December 01, 2016

    OTTAWA--The Broadbent Institute congratulates members of the electoral reform committee for rolling up their sleeves and finding common ground on something so vital as Canada’s electoral system. This majority report is a road map for the Liberal government to make good on its clear and oft-repeated electoral reform promise.... Read more

Ed Broadbent to Testify at Special Parliamentary Committee on Electoral Reform

August 26, 2016

    OTTAWA — Broadbent Institute chair Ed Broadbent will testify at the Special Committee on Electoral Reform (ERRE) on Monday, August 29, 2016, in Ottawa. Read more

Leading women’s organizations and advocates join campaign for proportional representation

May 25, 2016

    Principle of proportionality most effective way to increase diversity in politics, say new supporters of Every Voter Counts Alliance OTTAWA — A voting system based on the principle of proportionality is the most effective way to achieve greater diversity in Canadian politics, say new supporters of the Every Voter... Read more

Statement by Broadbent Institute Executive Director on electoral reform consultations

May 11, 2016

    OTTAWA—The Broadbent Institute cares deeply about renewing Canada’s democracy and we welcome the launch of a special parliamentary committee to study new voting systems. We know our current first-past-the-post system is broken. It creates false majorities, exacerbates regional divisions and produces legislatures that don’t reflect the diversity of... Read more

Canada’s largest unions join campaign for proportional representation

April 14, 2016

    Big boost to the Every Voter Counts Alliance just as federal government gets set to launch electoral reform consultations OTTAWA — The country’s largest unions are joining the fight for proportional representation to make sure every voter counts in the next federal election. Unifor, United Steelworkers, the Canadian... Read more

Voting for something

April 08, 2016

Editor’s note: Debate on electoral reform loomed large at Progress Summit 2016. Broadbent Institute founder Ed Broadbent told delegates at Canada’s largest annual progressive policy conference that the fight for proportional representation is a fight that progressives can - and must - win. And Postmedia News columnist Andrew Coyne and Alex... Read more

Broadening the electoral reform discussion

March 18, 2016

The Liberal government campaigned on electoral reform, promising “that 2015 will be the last federal election conducted under the first-past-the-post voting system” and that they “will make every vote count.”  Read more