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Join us for the biggest and best convention in Fair Vote Canada’s history!
May 2, 2012
Fair Vote Canada supporters,
May 25 and 26, 2012 in Toronto, we’ll be bringing together supporters and activists from across the country for a dynamic lineup of speakers and workshops, and to launch the Fair Vote Canada Action Network. You won’t want to miss it!
We’re at one of those true turning points in Canadian political history. Momentum for electoral reform has never been stronger. That’s why we’re offering a special deal for first-time attendees: Just $20 gets you admission to the convention and a full-year’s membership in Canada’s national movement for proportional representation.
The fun starts on Friday evening with a presentation from Huffington Post blogger and former Green Party leader Jim Harris, who will examine the implications of the growing robocall and election fraud scandal, followed by some socializing and entertainment from the legendary Single Non-Transferable Orchestra!
Then we have a busy program all day Saturday, May 26.
Engage with Craig Scott, MP(NDP) , Stephane Dion, MP (Liberal), and Elizabeth May, MP (Green) (Live from Saanich-Gulf Islands) on how they plan to bring proportional representation to the top of the agenda in their own parties and make it a major election issue in 2015.
Learn the method and power behind building a massive online and on-the-ground movement from Jamie Biggar, Executive Director of Leadnow.ca, Canada’s fastest growing online citizen’s campaign.
Trade activist strategies with a powerhouse of Canada’s youth environmental movement, Tria Donaldson, as she shares her online and on-the-ground tools that we can use to mobilize Canadians to demand fair elections.
Join facilitator Bronwen Bruch for Scenario Dialogues, a cutting-edge method of looking objectively at all paths to win proportional representation in Canada, and developing strategies to move forward. These cross-sectoral dialogue-and-action processes were first used in 1991 and 1992 to bring together a diverse group of South Africans to effect the transition from apartheid to electoral democracy.
Tap into the experience and expertise of Shayna Englin (live from Washington, D.C.), Principal of Englin Consulting, a team which develops the most effective strategies, plans and campaigns to mobilize grassroots advocacy organizations to win. Englin’s successful campaigns have included Tobacco vs. Kids, Equality California, and more!
Get inspired by Canada’s top voting reform experts. Dennis Pilon will show us how citizens of other countries have successfully reformed their voting systems, and reflect on our own journey. Henry Milner will tell us how we can engage today’s youth (tomorrow’s voters) in the fight for a vote that counts.
New to the cause? Got questions? Class is in session. Dr. Milner will also be running Voting Systems 101.
Ever wonder what it’s like to live in a democracy where nearly every vote counts? Activist Steve Withers will be beamed in live all the way from New Zealand. He’ll take your questions on how the Kiwis scrapped first past the post for proportional representation, and what that transition has meant for democracy.
Finally, be part of the official launch of Fair Vote Canada’s new Action Network. Teams of activists will be joining us from living rooms across the country to decide our first collective action, together!
You know electoral reform is the game-changer. We deserve a vote that counts, and a government that reflects our values and aspirations. This is the event you don’t want to miss.
See you in Toronto. Onwards!
Fair Vote Canada
P.S. For those of you who can’t make it to Toronto, our Convention will be live-streamed, with parts of it interactive. Stay tuned for details.
P.P.S. Interested in learning more about the speakers and workshop leaders? See below.
Stephane Dion, MP, Saint-Laurent—Cartierville (Liberal)
Dion’s Proposed Voting System
|Craig Scott, MP, Toronto-Danforth (NDP)|
Elizabeth May, Leader, MP, Saanich-Gulf Islands (Green)
May talks about the Problems with First Past the Post
|Peggy Nash, MP, Parkdale-High Park (NDP)|
Tria talks about one of her campaigns
Articles by Tria
Learn more about Bronwen
About Englin Consulting
About the Team
Pilon speaks on Proportional Representation, Waterloo, Ontario, March 22nd, 2012
Milner's new book: The Internet Generation: Engaged Citizens or Political Dropouts?
Steve interviewed about New Zealand's Mixed Member Proportional voting system
Bashevkin's new book: Women, Power, Politics: The Hidden Story of Canada’s Unfinished Democracy
Learn more about Donna Dasko and Equal Voice
Jim Harris on Huffington Post