Save the date and make sure to be there!
When: Tuesday 14 June, 7.00 p.m. to 9.00 p.m.
Where: Tuxedo Community Association 202 29 Avenue NE Calgary.
What: Discussion on Climate and Proportional Representation in Canada.
- Bruce Hyer, Deputy Green Party of Canada Leader and newly elected Fair Vote Canada Council member ;
- Janet Keeping, Alberta Green Party Leader;
- Mark Hambridge, Fair Vote Calgary.
Why: The Parliamentary Committee on Electoral Reform has been announced with a mandate to report to Parliament this fall. The format of the Committee has been amended to reflect the popular vote in the 42nd General Election. Now is the time to learn more about PR and to tell the Committee what you want to see in our future electoral system.
Wilf Day has written a post in his ‘Wilf Day’s Blog’ in which he discusses how a Mixed Member Proportional (MMP) proportional representation system might work in Canada. MMP was recommended by the Law Commission of Canada in 2004 and is being promoted by the federal NDP at present. Take a look here.
From Kelly Carmichael, Executive Director of Fair Vote Canada:
“As we get closer to the election this group (those opposed to PR, or change, or the status quo – MH) will become more and more important.
We know many partisans will fight back in order to keep power. Some will stretch the truth, others will wield complete misinformation.
Yesterday, Ryan Campbell and I (Kelly) tried to dispel a few of the myths around ‘too much power in the parties’ but there will be more”.
The Fair Vote Canada – Edmonton Chapter has provided resources designed for teachers to use in their junior- and senior-high classrooms. These resources are intended for use across the Province. Here you will find two PowerPoint presentations that illustrate the differences between our current First-Past-the-Post (FPTP) electoral system and a number of other electoral systems which use proportional representation. The first slideshow contrasts FPTP with Mixed-Member Proportional Representation, while the second slideshow demonstrates how the Single Transferable Vote system could work. There are also guides to assist teachers in using these slideshows in their classroom.
These materials are new as of 2015 02 23. Comments and feedback would be appreciated, especially suggestions for improvement; please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Click on the Resources tab and scroll down to Educational Resources for Teachers and Schools to access the individual items.
Fair Vote Calgary is pleased to co-operate with the Edmonton Chapter of Fair Vote Canada in presenting these materials.
An email received from Wendy Bergerud in Victoria:
“Craig Scott was in Victoria on November 28, 2014 and made a presentation on electoral reform and their proposed [Mixed Member Proportional] MMP model. Some Victoria supporters of FVC paid to have his presentation video-taped. There were about 200 people in the audience and I was impressed with the quality of questions asked at the end of his presentation.
“We are hoping to have this presentation shown on our local Shaw community television.
“The link is here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Px5I5oqJIsQ
“Stephane Dion says “A voting system is more than just a way of tallying votes. It sets the ground rules that have a profound influence, for better or worse, on voters’ choices, the behaviours of politicians and political parties, parliamentary proceedings and government operations.” (from http://ideefederale.ca/documents/Dion_ang.pdf )”
Craig Scott MP (NDP – Toronto-Danforth) presented the NDP proposal for MMP to an audience in Victoria and answered questions. The whole tape runs for nearly an hour, about half is a series of questions at the end. Well worth watching.