Special Committee on Electoral Reform

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We are counting on these Electoral Reform Committee members to build a fair 'Made in Canada' electoral system that makes every vote count equally.

Keep up with the Committee meeting schedule here 

Find out if they are coming to a city near you September-October!

Get engaged on twitter here


You can SUPPORT THEM as they embark on this historic process. Here are their TWITTER handles and EMAIL addresses:

Sherry Romanado, Liberal - @SherryRomanado - Sherry.Romanado@parl.gc.ca

John Aldag, Liberal - @jwaldag, John.Aldag@parl.gc.ca

Matt DeCourcey, Liberal - @MattDeCourcey, Matt.DeCourcey@parl.gc.ca

Ruby Sahota, Liberal - @MPRubySahota, Ruby.Sahota@parl.gc.ca

Gérard Deltell, Conservative - @gerarddeltell, Gerard.Deltell@parl.gc.ca

Blake Richards, Conservative - @BlakeRichardsMP, blake.richards@parl.gc.ca
(replaced Jason Kenney)


Alexandre Boulerice, NDP - @alexboulerice, Alexandre.Boulerice@parl.gc.ca

Luc Thériault, Bloc Quebecois - @LucTerjo1, Luc.Theriault@parl.gc.ca

Elizabeth May, Green Party - @ElizabethMay, Elizabeth.May@parl.gc.ca


Invitation to Canadians from the Special Committee on Electoral Reform:

TWITTER: The Committee members will monitor Twitter for comments and questions from Canadians. Members may relay these questions to the witnesses in real time. '


For more information,
visit the Government of Canada website on Electoral Reform:
http://www.parl.gc.ca/Committees/en/ERRE


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  • commented 2016-09-03 11:36:50 -0700
    Canada is a Representative Democracy. The current question of electoral reform is about how our representatives are chosen. Current we use First Past the Post which see candidates win win 40% or less of the vote. Candidates in single member Districts normally represent a minority of the voters in each District. Those elected MPs do not represent the majority of voters but the minority. The Government does not represent the wishes of the people expressed by votes. Now 40% of votes gives 100% power.

    It is time for all voters in each District to be represented by an MP they authorize. Some voting systems bring proportional representation to the Country, the Province and ever to large regions. Only one voting system brings true Representative Democracy to every District. Single Transferable Vote “STV”.

    Would we feel comfortable going to court to defend ourselves represented by a lawyer from the prosecution team? We should not feel comfortable being represented by an MP from an opposing view to ours.

    Proportional representation is not enough, we can do better. Please give us a voting system that represents all voters in each District, gets rid of safe seats and provides the voters with choice of candidates wishing Political Parties.

    There are about 100 safe seats in Canada which means election campaigns and platforms are based on swings seats. This becomes a Win/Lose battle between Political Parties. A STV systems gets rid of all safe seats by candidate choice and brings the equation to Win/Win between MP and voters. That will happen slowly over time as candidates in political parties compete with each other in the same district for votes.

    Voters having choice of candidates on the ballot within Political Parties can move those parties by choosing candidates voters prefer, not Party insiders. I want to choose from a Party list of several not a Party list of one.

    The key result of STV is Voters in each District are represented by an MP aligned with their values. As a result all MPs in Ottawa are sent there with the same support from a group of voters and overall MPs represent more than 80% of voters in total and in each District.

    My key concern is voter representation. All voters must be represented by an MP aligned with each voter group.
  • commented 2016-08-29 15:15:06 -0700
    The Green Party of Canada is the ‘unparty’, totally opposed to partisan politics and ardently in favour of people over party, so I think Brian’s comment is totally off! Improving our democracy is at the heart of the Electoral Reform Committee’s work.
  • commented 2016-08-19 12:35:23 -0700
    Brian’s comment is clearly a lead-up to a personal dislike for Elizabeth May. By his logic many MPs including Nathan Cullen, Maryam Monsef, and even Justin Trudeau should also immediately resign their seat in the house simply because they are committed to finding a more representative, less polarizing and more fair way to elect our representatives in government.

    Squeezing a country as diverse as ours into two polarities is not only disrespectful to its citizens but leads to wild policy swings that are bad for business and costly to taxpayers. I prefer to focus my attention on commentary that seeks to find constructive solutions to fixing an antiquated electoral system that fails to represent most Canadians.
  • commented 2016-08-10 10:34:05 -0700
    We elect Members of Parliament to represent each riding in the Parliament of Canada, not parties, movements, movement-parties or party leaders. Elizabeth May was elected by the constituents of the riding of Saanich-Gulf Islands not by the 1,938 people who voted for a candidate belonging to the Green Party in my riding. No other member of the Green Party is an MP in the Parliament of Canada because no other MP belonging to the Green Party was elected.

    When parliament is dissolved, elections are called in all 338 ridings in Canada; a general vote occurs in a General Election. Each riding holds its own election even though party organizations may choose to run national campaigns. The outcomes outside of each riding where elections are held must not be allowed to distort or steal the vote of constituents in other ridings. According to the principles of Canada’s Westminster-based parliamentary democracy, all constituents in all ridings are provided with the opportunity for democratic expression and to exercise their democratic rights, unlike less fully developed demcracies where party voting takes place and where parties negotiate power amongst themselves once voter rights are disposed of in so-called proportional representation elections.

    Elizabeth May sees herself as a Green Party representative; by seeking to change Canada’s electoral system to party representation Elizabeth May is dismissing her duty to represent the constitutents of Saanich-Gulf Islands and she is undermining the right of democratic representation in the Parliament of Canada by the constituents of Saanich-Gulf Islands. Elizabeth May is seeking to undermine democracy by calling for party oligarchy to replace democracy by changing Canada’s electoral system from voter-centred and riding-centred single member pluralitiy and majority elected MPs to party proportional representation.

    The question must be asked, is it time for Elizabeth May to resign her seat in the House of Commons.