The Push For Proportional Representation

By March 24, 2015Issues

From Fair Vote Canada. The 2015 election is fast approaching and who we elect to fill those seats is critical. We need 170 YES votes (a majority) in the House of Commons to implement proportional representation in Canada.We’ve never been this close to achieving votes that count, and we need your help now.

Can you visit one or more of the candidates in your riding to find out what his or her position is on proportional representation?

Sign up here to visit a local candidate.

We will provide you with a short set of question to ask your candidates, and all the background information you will need if you wish to have a discussion about PR with your candidate.

Please sign up to help here.

The answers you get from candidates will be put up on Fair Vote Canada’s website and shared widely before voting day.

We will also highlight the party positions on PR.

We need volunteers in 338 ridings across Canada!

We’ve never attempted something this big before, but the Make Every Vote Count campaign is growing so rapidly we know we can do it with your help!

We also need volunteers to help us make electoral reform an issue in as many ridings as possible during the 2015 federal election – anything from distributing literature, collecting signatures on the Declaration, setting up tables, asking questions at debates, reaching out to media – if you can help in this way, big or small, we’ll do whatever we can to support you!

On December 3, 2014, every NDP, Green and Bloc MP, 3 Independent MPs and 16/31 Liberal MPs voted YES to an Opposition motion in the House of Commons for proportional representation (specifically, MMP). Some Liberals who voted no are personally in support of the principle of proportional representation. We’re closer than we’ve ever been to achieving the multi-partisan consensus we need to make PR a reality in Canada.

On February 12, 2015, we hosted a webinar with NDP Democratic Reform Critic Craig Scott, Liberal Democratic Reform Critic Scott Simms, Green Party Democratic Reform Critic Bruce Hyer and electoral reform expert Professor Dennis Pilon.

The message that came from that candid conversation was that cooperation between the parties to implement a more proportional system really is possible, but as we must mobilize our volunteers to influence the candidates and parties now.

With your help, we can tell Canadians where every candidate stands on making votes count before they head to the ballot box.

Electoral reform is going to be a component in the platforms of the NDP, Liberals and Greens.

We can elect a majority of pro-PR MPs in 2015 who will vote YES to making 2015 the last winner-take-all election, but we must identify those candidates now.

Please help us do it now by signing up to visit a local candidate about PR.

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