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 You can thank our outdated voting system that distorts the will of the people — the last two "majority" governments won with only 39% of the popular vote.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:
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:
- Justin Trudeau has advocated for ranked ballots, a system that still produces false majorities.
- Maryam Monsef, the Minister for Democratic Institutions, hasn't agreed to follow the recommendation of the multi-party Electoral Reform committee.
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:
- "Good afternoon, my name is __________ and I’m a resident of __________. I’m calling in regards to the federal electoral reform process. I want to voice my strong preference for proportional representation."
- "This summer, MPs are expected to organize local town halls for electoral reform. When and where will our local town hall meeting be held?"
- "Proportional Representation makes political parties work together. I believe this will give us better laws that reflect the views of a broader proportion of Canadians."
- "Since the First World War, only 4 of 17 majority governments won with more than half the popular vote. I want a proportional voting system, where a party's share of the vote equals its share of the power."
- Explore more talking points on the Green Party's Proportional Representation page.
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!