Public Meeting on Fair Elections - Port Alberni

Tuesday, September 6th, 7:00pm

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Public Meeting on Fair Elections - Port Alberni

Making every vote count equally

Tuesday September 6th, 7:00pm
Hansen Hall
3940 Johnston Road
Port Alberni, British Columbia V9Y5N5

Public Meeting Port Alberni

The new federal government in Ottawa was elected on a promise that 2015 will be the last federal election conducted under the first-past-the-post voting system. An all-party Parliamentary committee has been struck to review a wide variety of reforms. You can read the background information at this link. It's time for you to give your feedback to them. What kind of electoral reform do you think we need for our country?

It's time to change the way we vote.

Our electoral system has been with us since before Confederation. That's before we drove cars, before penicillin was developed to treat illness, and even before lightbulbs lit our rooms.

It's called: "first-past-the-post" -- a reference to horseracing where the first horse to reach the post wins. But in a multi-party democracy like we have in Canada, that means candidates can get elected even when two-thirds of voters supported someone else.

This outdated, winner-takes-all system gave Stephen Harper -- and now the Liberals -- 100% of the power in Ottawa with just 39% of the vote. As a result, millions of votes effectively don't count and too many voices aren't heard.

New Democrats believe it's time for a modern voting system that reflects a diverse and inclusive Canada -- where every vote counts, no matter which party you voted for.

Liberals have promised change, but it's up to all of us to make sure that this change doesn't make an unfair system even worse.

Please take the time to attend this public meeting, hosted by your Member of Parliament, Gord Johns. Gord will present a slideshow, panelists will speak to their expertise with electoral reform, and there will be opportunities for you to ask questions and give feedback.