The following Statement of Purpose was ratified by the members of Fair Vote Canada on August 20, 2009.
Statement of Purpose
Fair Vote Canada seeks broad multi-partisan support to embody in new legislation the basic principle of democratic representative government and ultimate safeguard of a free society: the right of each citizen to equal treatment under election laws and equal representation in legislatures.
We campaign for equal effective votes and fair representation at every level of government and throughout civil society by various means including lobbying legislators for electoral law reform, litigation, public education, citizens’ assemblies, and referenda.
To create an equal voice for every citizen and give democratic legitimacy to our laws we must reform our electoral institutions, political parties, public political funding mechanisms and governing processes to achieve these interdependent goals:
The supporters of all candidates and political parties must be fairly represented in our legislatures in proportion to votes cast. Political parties should have seats in close proportion to their popular support.
Positive Voter Choice
We need fair and unrestricted competition among political parties presenting democratically-nominated candidates. A democratic voting system must encourage citizens to exercise positive choice by voting for the candidate or party they prefer. They should not find it necessary to embrace negative or strategic voting – to vote for a less-preferred candidate to block the election of one even less preferred. Never should citizens be denied representation simply because their preferred candidate cannot win a single-member riding.
To reflect in the legislatures the diversity of society we must change the voting system and related laws to remove barriers to the nomination and election of candidates from groups now underrepresented including women, cultural minorities and Aboriginals.
We must change the voting system and related laws to give rural and urban voters in every province, territory and regional community effective votes and fair representation in both government and opposition.
Government Accountability to Voters
Legislators representing a majority of voters must determine the laws and guide their administration.
(Source: Fairvote Canada web site)
Fair Vote Calgary Statement of Purpose
- To apply the principles outlined in Fair Vote Canada’s statement, adapted to the particular needs of the Calgary area of Alberta at the federal, provincial and municipal levels of government.
- To encourage Calgary area organizations that elect officers to use an appropriate proportional method of electing those officers.