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Democracy in Ontario needs an overhaul!

For too long, citizens and voters have been forced to live with unaccountable, false majority governments and partisan-driven politics in Ontario.

It’s time for a citizen-empowered democracy in Ontario! 

We are seeking a transformation that values evidence-based decision-making―and gives citizens a stronger voice on the policies that affect our lives.

Fair Vote Ontario calls on the parties to commit to deliver:

 

False majorities, most voters elect no-one

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In June 2018, 40.5% of Ontario voters handed a single party 100% of the power.

This isn’t a new problem. In fact, the last time a “majority” government in Ontario was elected by a majority of voters was in 1937.

Skewed results and voters shut out are the norm. In almost every election in Ontario, the majority of voters elect no-one.

Winner-take-all voting has negative effects on democratic participation, the tone of our politics, policy development and governance.

It’s time to Make Every Vote Count! We want you to be part of it.

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Fair Vote Ontario is a citizens’ campaign for proportional representation – part of Fair Vote Canada.

We support a new Ontario Citizens’ Assembly on Electoral Reform. You can learn more about the principles of how a citizens’ assembly works on our site about a National Citizens’ Assembly on Electoral Reform. You can check out some key principles for a Citizens’ Assembly in Ontario here.

To stay up-to-date with the campaign, make sure you have signed the Declaration of Voters’ Rights! 

Poll shows strong opposition to one-party decision-making on electoral reform for Ontario and majority support for a Citizens’ Assembly on Electoral Reform

 

November 2021 polling by Leger commissioned by Fair Vote Canada shows a majority reject one-party decision-making on electoral reform, support a Citizens’ Assembly and the principle of proportional representation. See highlights of the poll below and the full poll here

 

This includes 75% of Ontario Liberal Party voters, 72% of NDP voters, 78% of PC voters and 87% of Green voters who oppose one-party decision-making on electoral reform.

This includes support for a Citizens’ Assembly on Electoral Reform from 60% of Ontario Liberal Party voters, 70% of NDP voters, 61% of PC voters and 71% of Green voters.

Support for proportional representation included 79% of Ontario Liberal voters, 86% of NDP, 77% of PC voters and 72% of Green Party voters.

Say no to an Ontario Liberal power graba

Ontario Liberal leader Steven Del Duca has made a reckless pledge to force winner-take-all ranked ballots on Ontario! This is a system that can be less proportional than first-past-the-post, will funnel more seats to the Liberal Party without any more support, and risks pushing us towards a two-party system. Read more about what’s wrong with Alternative Vote (non-proportional ranked ballots) here. Or watch the webinar below.

 

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Find below a few graphics with numbers specifically related to Ontario provincially.

There are many, many more graphics about the problems with winner-take-all voting and the benefits of proportional representation that would broadly apply to any level of government on the Fair Vote Canada facebook page under photos!

Ontario’s Political Parties on Proportional Representation and a Citizens’ Assembly on Electoral Reform

 

Ontario Liberal Party

In October 2021 Liberal Leader Steven Del Duca pledged to force through winner-take-all ranked ballots – or he’ll resign. Winner-take-all ranked ballots can deliver results that are less proportional than first-past-the-post, will only benefit the Liberal Party, and can push us closer to a two-party system. Winner-take-all ranked ballots are not a step towards proportional representation. In fact, by squeezing out third parties and smaller parties, they can make it even harder to ever achieve PR. Learn more about non-proportional ranked ballots here. As a 2021 Leger poll shows, voters do not not want one party to unilaterally decide our electoral system. We need a process we can trust. Fair Vote Canada continues to call for an independent, non-partisan Citizens’ Assembly on Electoral Reform. 

Ontario NDP

The Ontario NDP’s policy book includes a policy for Mixed Member Proportional Representation, but they have not prioritized this policy in past elections. The Ontario NDP has been showing renewed interest in proportional representation over the past three years. Watch NDP Democratic Reform Critic Peggy Sattler connect proportional representation to better outcomes on COVID 19, Fair Vote Canada’s case for building better democracy, collaboration, and citizen engagement in the Ontario Legislature October 5, 2020. Starting at 8:00 in this video.

Authorized by Fair Vote Canada, a registered third party advertiser with Elections Ontario for the Ontario provincial election.

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