Election results and important campaign topics
Federal election 2021
Read our press release on how first-past-the-post failed Canadian voters in the September 2021 federal election. On the page you’ll also find a link to simulations of the election results with proportional representation.
National Citizens’ Assembly on Electoral Reform
Fair Vote Canada is calling for a National Citizens’ Assembly on Electoral Reform. Politicians are in a conflict of interest when it comes to changing the system that elected them. We need citizens to lead, with a process of non-partisan, informed decision-making we can trust.
Non-proportional ranked ballots are no solution
When people hear the term “ranked ballot” they often think of the system that Justin Trudeau likes. This system, properly called Alternative Vote, just pastes a ranked ballot onto our current system, and delivers results as bad (or even worse!) than first-past-the-post. You can learn about why ranked ballots in single member ridings are no solution here.
WIN! Parliamentary Committee votes to study a National Citizens’ Assembly on Electoral Reform
In June 2021 the Procedure and House Affairs Committee in Parliament passed a motion to study the idea of a National Citizens’ Assembly on Electoral Reform. The motion was introduced by the NDP’s Democratic Reform Critic, MP Daniel Blaikie. All the MPs on the committee except the Conservatives voted for it.
Unfortunately, the snap election of August 2021 meant we have to start over in this new Parliament. We look forward to Daniel Blaikie bringing the motion back to the newly constituted Procedures and House Affairs Committee.
Research shows proportional representation reduces partisan hostility
Many Canadians are deeply concerned with creeping political polarization in Canada. Research shows that cooperative governance produced by proportional representation reduces partisan hostility and polarization among the public.
“The citizens gave us a mandate form a government together.”
How German elections are fairer than Canadian elections
Germany’s 2021 election with proportional representation provides a contrast to first-past-the-post in Canada. In Germany, almost every voter counts. Results are fair. Politics is cooperative.
Canadians were first promised proportional representation in 1921
Once in power, politicians like the system that elected them. Learn about 100 years of inaction and broken promises on proportion representation.
Democracy in New Zealand with proportional representation
In 2020, Jacinda Ardern’s Labour Party won an outright majority government―a rare event in a proportional system, and the first time it happened there since New Zealand adopted PR.
Her response was an indication of how far New Zealand had come in evolving to a new kind of politics. Ardern didn’t need to collaborate with any other party to govern. She could have governed alone―and claimed a “strong mandate” to do so. Instead, she reached across the aisle to work with another party.
First-past-the-post empowers leaders with extreme political views
The voting system system impacts how much influence over government policy politicians with extreme views may have. A proportional system tends to moderate the impact of extremist politicians.
Susan Holt champions a Citizen’s Assembly on Electoral Reform
Newly elected New Brunswick Liberal Party leader Susan Holt told Fair Vote Canada that she does not feel the current system accurately reflects the will voters. Susan supports a Citizens’ Assembly on Electoral Reform, and would move forward quickly with its recommendations.
Proportional representation and a Citizens’ Assembly in Scotland
Scotland is building a democracy fit for the 21st century. And a climate action plan to meet the emergency of our time. It’s all thanks to the power of proportional representation and the leadership of the Scottish Citizens’ Assembly.
Building better democracy with proportional representation
“Building back better” can’t leave democracy behind. A 2020 report by Fair Vote Canada, illustrated by Francois Vigneault, looks at why a strong and lasting recovery from COVID-19 needs proportional representation.