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National day of Action on the Broken Promise.

By Kelly Carmichael
February 8, 2017

Last week, a decision was made in the PMO that outraged the Country. In response to Justin Trudeau’s broken promise on electoral reform, we are participating in a National Day of Action – Saturday, Feb. 11 Despite a strong consensus …

Outraged, Disgusted, Disappointed by Broken Electoral Reform Promise

By Kelly Carmichael
February 2, 2017

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has chosen his Party over Canadians by breaking his promise to “Make Every Vote Count”. “Canadians are outraged and disgusted that the Prime Minister has cynically abandoned his commitment to make 2015 the last unfair election. …

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Survey overwhelming shows Canadians want parties to share power in future governments

By Kelly Carmichael
January 26, 2017

For Immediate Release Jan. 26, 2017 Canadians are smart. In spite of being handed a biased survey, they were able to wade through leading questions and still outline their preference for voting systems that require politicians to cooperate and work …

Proportional Representation the only credible option for 2019

By Kelly Carmichael
December 2, 2016

  For Immediate ReleaseDec. 1, 2016 Today, Canadians saw first-hand how proportional representation can work for all Citizens. The Special Committee on Electoral Reform – a multi-partisan group of MPs who were selected in proportion to the votes their parties …

Fair Vote Canada respectfully asks Minister Monsef to include questions about the principle of proportional representation on the Survey to Canadians

By Kelly Carmichael
November 24, 2016

November 24, 2016 The Honourable Maryam MonsefMinister of Democratic InstitutionsHouse of CommonsOttawa, OntarioCanada K1A 0A6Dear Minister Monsef,As we come to the end of a summer and fall of public consultations on electoral reform, we feel that this is a good …

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Consultations Provide Strong Mandate for Proportional Representation

By Kelly Carmichael
November 3, 2016

Strong Mandate for changing Canada’s electoral system. When the Government launched the process without a mechanism for collecting empirical data, Fair Vote Canada, a multi-partisan advocacy group, started tracking the process very closely. We are releasing the results of our work to the media because we believe the process needs to be transparent and accountable. Continue reading

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The Government’s only legitimate option is Proportional Representation (PR)

By Kelly Carmichael
October 19, 2016

  In his election promise and on behalf of his party, Justin Trudeau pledged “We will make every vote count.” Politicians who oppose this promise now try to claim it is not legitimate. ”Democracy is not about politicians, it’s about …

A referendum on the voting system would be undemocratic and immoral

By Kelly Carmichael
October 17, 2016

Conservatives and their media supporters have spent the summer beating the referendum drum, insisting than any change to Canada’s voting system must be approved by the electorate in a national vote. A referendum on the voting system would be both undemocratic and immoral. The process violates more important democratic principles. Continue reading

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FVC: Submission to the Special Parliamentary Committee on Electoral Reform

By Kelly Carmichael
August 19, 2016

SUMMARY This submission covers the case for proportional representation (PR); a values-based approach to reform; and options for a made-in-Canada solution. We believe that the meaningful choice facing the ERRE is to recommend the best PR option for Canada. Emphasizing …

Appendix 1: A Look at the Evidence

By Kelly Carmichael
August 19, 2016

Why Proportional Representation? This appendix summarizes results from comparative research comparing the performance of the two main families of voting systems: winner-take-all and proportional representation (PR). We already know that PR is a way of ensuring that all votes count …

Appendix 2: Myths and Facts about PR

By Kelly Carmichael
August 19, 2016

As the all-party committee consults with Canadians about which values and features are important to them in a new electoral system, it is to the benefit of everyone to ground the conversation in facts. Will MPs be “appointed and unaccountable”? …

Appendix 3: Most Democracies Moving To PR

By Kelly Carmichael
August 19, 2016

In 2005, Joseph Colomer looked at 219 elections in 87 countries from 1874 on and found that the trend over time was clearly towards proportional representation. He writes that today, “more than four-fifths of today’s democracies in countries with more …

Appendix 4: Electoral Systems and Incumbency

By Kelly Carmichael
August 19, 2016

A weakness of winner-take-all systems is that small swings in popular support can cause huge changes in outcomes, resulting in policy lurch. Similarly, a bandwagon effect can result in the accidental defeat of popular MPs. This leads us to ask …