Bringing Canada's voting reform movement to Vancouver's City Hall
It's time to fix Canada's broken democracy. First-Past-the-Post is an archaic system that distorts results, encourages negative campaigns, forces us to vote strategically, fabricates false majorities and pushes out smaller parties.
We can do better, and momentum is growing across the country. Justin Trudeau has promised to create an all-party committee that will look at ranked ballots and proportional representation. Meanwhile, the Ontario government is about to introduce Canada's first PR legislation, allowing cities across the province to use STV - the same
system recommended by the BC Citizen's Assembly ten years ago!
If Ontario can adopt STV for local elections... why can't BC? Christy Clark is firmly on the record as a strong proponent of STV. For the first time ever, Canada is having a national discussion about voting reform. Let's take the momentum we have right now, and steer some of it towards Vancouver City Hall.
We've never had a better chance to make this happen. Introducing ranked ballots in Vancouver could make our City Council the first proportionally elected government body in Canada! It would set a new precedent, by breaking the cross-Canada chokehold of First-Past-the-Post.