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Elections-ballot-fullFour federal parties out of five are talking about changing our electoral system. Peace and Justice Grey Bruce will be holding an evening of discussion and information about electoral reform in Canada on Thursday, June 18, 2015 at 7 pm at the Owen Sound & North Grey Union Public Library.

Discussion topics will include: why change? what systems are being considered? what is proportional representation? and how will this affect the voter? Representatives from Fair Vote Canada, an organization that has advocated proportional representation for 15 years, will make a presentation and answer questions.
Two local federal candidates,Liberal Kimberley Love and NDP David McLaren and a Green Party representative will present their parties' views on change. Conservative incumbent Larry Miller has declined the invitation to participate, citing a prior commitment.

In the recent national election in Britain, the Conservative party won a majority although fewer than four out of ten voters cast a ballot for them. The numbers were almost the same in the 2011 Canadian election that brought in the current majority Conservative government. In Alberta, only 47 percent of voters chose an NDP candidate, but the party won a solid majority of seats and thus control of the legislature.AlbertaElection-reg Fair Vote Canada has calculated what the seat distribution would have been in a proportional voting system.

source: media release, Peace and Justice Grey Bruce

 

 

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