Push for Proportional Representation

In First Past The Post, a government can get 100% of the power with only 39% of the vote.

A strong, coordinated push from Canadians like you can influence the government to choose Proportional Representation over other systems. Waterloo Region Greens is planning a campaign to mobilize our efforts, and we are starting off with a telephone blitz.

Having proportional representation would dramatically change the power we have to elect parties and influence policies in directions we want.

What's wrong with the current voting system?

Our current voting system, first past the post, creates false majorities.

Did you know most of us in Waterloo Region are represented by MPs we didn't vote for? None of the 2015 election winners got more than 50% of the vote. You can thank our outdated voting system that distorts the will of the people — the last two "majority" governments won with only 39% of the popular vote. This can't stand.

To understand the structural reasons and the limitations of our current system, we recommend this video:

Why now?

Prime Minister Trudeau promised that 2015 would be the last first-past-the-post election in Canadian history, and that every vote would count in our next election. This is our chance to fix Canadian democracy for good.

However, the government is hedging their bets:

It's time for everybody to pressure the government to choose a fair voting system. We need Proportional Representation, where a party's power is equal to its share of the vote. For a diverse, multi-party democracy like Canada, this just makes sense.

Telephone pressure campaign

We need a strong coordinated push for proportional representation — commit to calling your local MP’s office to let our them know you want to see a proportional system.

Using the sign-up form on this page, choose a day you will commit to calling your MP. We'll send you a reminder email the morning of your pledge day with contact information, talking points and resources.

What to say

There are lots of reasons to support Proportional Representation. Here are a few talking points to get you started:

Countries that use proportional representation have better environmental records.

More information

Check out the Green Party's Proportional Representation Toolbox for more tips to make your voice heard.

There's also an excellent resources page from FairVote Canada.

Here’s the plan

Pick one day to call your MP and push for proportional representation. With someone calling each day, a little action goes a long way!

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