OTTAWA—There’s overwhelming support for proportional representation and now is the time to get on with designing a proportional voting system suited to Canada, says a diverse coalition representing the country’s leading women’s groups, the country’s largest unions, leading advocacy groups in Quebec, and organizations advocating for students and immigrants.
The Every Voter Counts Alliance, bringing together over 60 organisations, is making the call just as the special parliamentary committee on electoral reform is about begin its deliberations. The all-party committee is to release its report by Dec. 1.
The Every Voter Counts Alliance, bringing together over 60 organizations from across the country representing diverse groups, will be hosting a press conference on Parliament Hill later this morning just as the special parliamentary committee on electoral reform is set to begin its deliberations.
Speakers making the case for why it’s time to listen to the experts and Canadians -- and get down to business and develop a made-in-Canada proportional representation system include Hassan Yussuff, President of the Canadian Labour Congress, Katelynn Northam, electoral reform campaign lead at Leadnow, Farhat Rehman of the Canadian Council of Muslim Women and Annie Bérubé, director of government relations at Équiterre.
Progressives to chart a new path for BC at high-level event on Sept. 22 & 23
VANCOUVER — The Broadbent Institute, a national organization with offices in Ottawa, Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver, is convening progressives for the first-ever Progress Summit in BC on Sept. 22 & 23 in advance of the provincial election in the spring.
New video and digital campaign say it’s time to design made-in-Canada proportional representation
OTTAWA — It’s time to get on with designing a proportional electoral system suited to Canada, says a broad coalition representing the country’s leading women’s groups, the country’s largest unions, leading advocacy groups in Quebec, and organizations advocating for students and immigrants.
OTTAWA—The Broadbent Institute welcomes the announcement on Thursday by the Minister of Democratic Institutions to support the NDP motion to reconfigure the composition of the special parliamentary committee on electoral reform to reflect how Canadians voted in the 2015 federal election.
This is a very good development and we congratulate NDP critic for democratic reform Nathan Cullen for proposing the idea and Minister Maryam Monsef for agreeing to this important change. Every voter should count in a democracy, and it would have been simply unfair to deny the voices of Green and Bloc Québecois voters on the special electoral reform committee.
OTTAWA — Broadbent Institute chair Ed Broadbent will deliver a keynote address at the annual conference of Fair Vote Canada. He will also participate in a panel discussion with fellow keynote speakersGuy Giorno, Stephen Harper’s former chief of staff, and former Chief Electoral Officer at Elections Canada Jean-Pierre Kingsley.
The conference is being held just as a special parliamentary committee gets set to begin consultations on options to replace Canada’s first-past-the-post voting system. The Liberal government has promised the 2015 federal election was the last using the majoritarian system.
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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 Counts Alliance committed to increasing the representation of women and visible minorities in the House of Commons.
Following the announcement of a parliamentary committee to study electoral reformwith a special emphasis on gender equity and inclusiveness, a growing number of supporters have come on board the campaign for proportional representation. The government has committed to tabling legislation by next April to scrap Canada’s winner-take-all majoritarian system before the next federal election in 2019.
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 our country. We have a chance to get this right and we must seize the opportunity.
This means making sure every voter counts. The only way to do that – as well as advance the key first principle identified by Minister of Democratic Institutions Maryam Monsef to underpin the new system – is a proportional system. It’s the only way to ensure that votes are fairly translated into elected results so the system is effective and legitimate.