Posted by Broadbent Institute | Institut Broadbent · May 25, 2016 9:00 AM
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.
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 Union of Public Employees and the Public Service Alliance of Canada are among the newest supporters of the Every Voter Counts Alliance. Together, they represent over 1.3 million people.
Launched in February with 16 organizations showing wide, multi-partisan support for proportional representation as the only way to fix what’s wrong with Canada’s broken voting system, organizational support for the Every Voter Counts Alliance has more than doubled in just six weeks.
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.
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.”