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    George
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    Feel free to post current news articles or other things related to Proportional Representation here.

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    George
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    Anita shared this on the mail list: “Great section in CTV piece on broken promise!”

    https://www.ctvnews.ca/politics/here-s-how-justin-trudeau-promised-change-and-didn-t-deliver-1.4494384?fbclid=IwAR2Q8Ipgkm-mVLm1ToL1BL26sAq-M4CA5LxDgIUrW8UPK8qIp9IcK0tit44#_gus&_gucid=&_gup=twitter&_gsc=WT633PU

    It was one of their biggest campaign promises: the 2015 federal election would be the last run under the first-past-the-post system. But about two years into their mandate, after a special House Committee had travelled the country and consultations garnered feedback from hundreds of thousands of Canadians, that promise was dead.

    Printed plainly in the then-minister’s mandate letter: “changing the electoral system will not be in your mandate.” There was no consensus, or clear preference for an alternate voting system, despite proportional representation being recommended, the Liberals said. Instead, the government moved ahead with other changes to the Canada Elections Act, such as repealing past Harper-era Fair Elections Act changes, and empowering the Chief Electoral Officer.

    The move was roundly criticized by the NDP, Greens, and other progressive voices that have been campaigning in support of electoral reform for years. It was called a cynical move and a betrayal of the voters who elected the Liberals on the basis of this promised change. Some Liberals have said that they still get questioned about this major comedown when knocking on doors in their ridings.

    “What is unacceptable is to break the promise and leave it broken. That will break people’s faith with democracy itself, those young people who voted for the first time and who believed the prime minister’s promise,” said Green Party Leader Elizabeth May in the House of Commons a few months after the Liberals announced they’d be dropping their electoral reform pledge

    #27711
    james.mitchell4
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    I’ve asked on Twitter whether Fair Vote Canada is still looking for signatories on fairvote.ca/declaration. Does anyone know? Great timing to get the final ~20,000 along with recruiting more people to this cause.

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    George
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    I think that they are still accepting!

    In other news, FVC recently had our annual conference with 4 presentations. They were recorded and you can see a replay of them and the slides here:

    Finally, here are the Annual Conference links:

    Jagmeet Singh: Building a Better Democracy
    https://youtu.be/0t47EpGZd_c?list=PLE0dYpVCw9bY6rxdNUTfpBL2dttwQTX_T

    Frank Graves: Voter Trust, Populism and Democracy in Canada
    https://youtu.be/Ofb0FNAknO0
    Powerpoint: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1nf7Ldov_q6F0xPiOll8ZRGoAihyB2PT8/view?usp=sharing

    Penny Ehrhardt: How PR Changed New Zealand
    https://youtu.be/5X5qsK2BAKM?list=PLE0dYpVCw9bY6rxdNUTfpBL2dttwQTX_T
    Powerpoint: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1-EwbW_LmjP7F3wDNKzHE31jNU4vsZEhIcV_grArnTIQ/edit?usp=sharing

    Anna Keenan and Paul Manly: Campaigning to Win – Tools for Campaigners!
    https://youtu.be/nPi-4JdmWQw?list=PLE0dYpVCw9bY6rxdNUTfpBL2dttwQTX_T
    Presentation: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1VpgAyywyg5bPdJSlYzGgRAQ1V2F9z78xH-4FxxFbLb4/edit?usp=sharing

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    Vivian Unger
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    I posted this on the PR Google group on May 8.

    I did a circuit of the bookstore today (as one has to in pandemic times–there are arrows on the floor). When I got to the Politics section, I found two books about saving democracy. Right next to each other. Covers facing out.

    On the left was Democracy May Not Exist, but We’ll Miss It When It’s Gone by Astra Taylor. On the right was Out of the Wreckage: A New Politics for an Age of Crisis by George Monbiot. (Why were these books positioned in this way? Not for alphabetical reasons. I don’t know; they just were.)

    When I saw them, I thought, they should mention PR, but probably won’t. So I checked their indexes. (I look at indexes all the time now that I write them myself. Call it professional curiosity.)

    They both did.

    Taylor points out that “with proportional representation in place, voters no longer have to worry about third-party spoilers or the lesser of two evils.”

    As for Monbiot, I was interested to note that he’s an STV fan. “Of the various forms of proportional representation,” he writes, “STV wins because, while it is directly proportional, it also sustains a sense of local attachment.”

    On the way out of the store, I stopped to look at A Good War: Mobilizing Canada for the Climate Emergency by Seth Klein (Naomi Klein’s brother). I thought, this book probably won’t have anything about PR, even though we really need it for these bold changes to happen. It just doesn’t appear to be closely connected to environmental issues. I forgave him in advance for not including it while I checked the index to see if it wasn’t there… but it was. (The page numbers were wrong, but that’s another matter.)

    The section on electoral reform spans two pages. Klein writes, “While not essential to climate mobilization, there is no question that changing our electoral system to one with proportional representation (PR) would be a huge help.”

    I was so moved, tears came to my eyes, and I took the book straight to the counter and bought it.

    I have never been so happy to be proven wrong three times in a row.

    There have been plenty of times when this feels like an impossible task, as if we are a whole bunch of Sisyphuses in Hades, rolling our boulders uphill. But there’s no way I would have had this experience three years ago. Attitudes are changing. The message is getting out there.

    I can even allow myself to believe that because we are stubborn and determined and our cause is righteous, we will win.

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