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L'Association pour la revendication des droits démocratiques (ARDD) is a group of individuals who have initiated an action asking the Quebec courts to declare that the first-past-the-post voting system used for
elections in Quebec does not satisfy the right to vote and the equality provisions guaranteed in the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. A successful decision would impact the voting system in the whole country.
Fair Vote Canada has been granted intervenor status in this case, and so has Elizabeth May MP, leader of the Green Party of Canada.
The lower courts have decided that the issue is one that can be decided by the courts, but have not granted the appellants' request. The ARDD is appealing the case to the Supreme Court of Canada.
Although the group has benefited from considerable free legal help, there will still be a substantial cost to preparing and presenting this case, in the neighbourhood of $70,000. The ARDD is now soliciting donations, and Fair Vote Canada has agreed to provide $10,000 in matching funding.
To make a donation in support of this case:
* Go to the ARDD Web site at http://www.ardd.qc.ca and donate through PayPal, or
* Write out a cheque payable to Grey Casgrain (their legal firm) and write "Gibb file" on the bottom left. Send the cheque to this address:
c/o Patrick Daoust
Montréal QC H2J 2X5
Remember, your donation will be matched by a donation from Fair Vote Canada!