Open letter to Members of Parliament.
The current government is in a historic
position to bring true democracy to Canada by making sure that EVERY vote
COUNTS in federal elections.
Even though I am pleased to have Mr.Trudeau
as our Prime Minister, there is no true democracy when 60.5% of the electorate
who did not vote Liberal have ZERO power for the next 4 years due to our
All Canadians are hurt by the outcome of
Winner-Take-All elections, be it FPTP or ranked ballot
(aka alternative vote, instant run-off). I am one of those. My vote has
only counted ONCE in the last 6 federal elections where I voted.
This election, 9 million voters across
Canada had ZERO impact on the distribution of power and those who did, did so
in an undemocratic fashion. It took:
602755 Green votes to elect 1 MP
82112 Bloc votes to elect 1 MP
78828 NDP votes to elect 1 MP
56991 CPC votes to elect 1 MP
37728 LPC votes to elect 1 MP
HALF of the electorate elected no one......
How sad it is that the one time Canadians are
supposed to have absolute power on how they are represented, a majority of
voters end up not having any influence on the distribution of power nor whom is
Mixed Member Proportional representation as
proposed by the defunct Law Commission of Canada is the best option. It's also
supported by over 500 academics who made a statement on September 15, 2015 as
well as Canada's biggest organization on the subject www.FairVote.ca .
The NDP, the Green party, the Bloc and a
good portion of Liberals support this type of system. As well,
Mr.Trudeau has said this would be our last FPTP system.
I hope Mr.Trudeau is no longer in favour of
the ranked ballot (aka alternative vote), as this is just
another Winner-Take-All system that elects a government that
does not represent the will of the people. Alternative Voting is
great to elect an individual, not a representative government. It turns a
country into a two party state.
MMP lets EVERY Canadian be
represented equally by a party they support. The
beauty of MMP is that it can have some part ranked ballot or FPTP with
some part proportional, the end result still being 100% proportional to total
The following link is the best and most straightforward explanation of the most popular voting systems:
Electoral reform explained through Lego (9minutes)
Here is an example of MMP in a Canadian
riding: Mixed Member Proportional voting. Notice
how ALL MPs are answerable to constituents under this system. One of
Mr.Trudeau's major concerns.
Historically, the CPC and LPC have been
against MMP, likely because it would make it near impossible to obtain
majorities. It's time all parties put Canada before their own party and
implement a representative system before the 2019 elections.
100% democratic elections where EVERY vote
counts need to be a part of Canada's foundation for it to flourish as a
democracy and never be at risk of ideologies going unchecked by minority
I implore you all to make this
happen for 2019.
P.S: Mr.Trudeau, should you ever have a committee that would be comprised in
part by "everyday" Canadians, consider this my request to serve on
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