Appendix 9: Statement by FVC’s Rural and Small-Urban Caucus

This portion of the submission was developed independently by Fair Vote Canada’s rural and small-urban caucus, which consists of Canadians living in rural or small urban areas of Nova Scotia, PEI, Newfoundland, New Brunswick, Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta, British Columbia and Northwest Territories.  

We believe that every voter should be equal. No matter where you live, whether you live in a rural area or urban area, your vote should count. Rural and small urban voters are not second class citizens. Voters living in rural or small urban areas should be able to elect someone who shares their values to represent them.

We residents of rural and small urban communities (under 30,000) should not be afraid to speak up about our numbers. According to the 2011 census, we are 31.3 percent of the population of Canada. Adding in the 8.7 percent of Canadians who live in medium population centres (30,000 to 100,000) gives a total of 40 percent who share common concerns in many respects, compared to the 60 percent who live in urban centres over 100,000. We understand how our communities value having local representation to champion our area. But of course we also want MPs whose views reflect our values, including someone we helped elect.

The problems of winner-take-all voting in rural and small urban ridings

With any proportional system, the size of the riding and how many MPs are elected may be adjusted to account for geography. There is no “one size fits all” solution, but rural voters want votes that count, too.

To view our full brief submitted the Special Committee on Electoral reform, please visit: http://www.fairvote.ca/category/fvc-erre-submissions/


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