Support the ERRE Committee's Report on Electoral Reform
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ATTN: Hon. Chrystia Freeland, Member of Parliament for University—Rosedale
Dear Ms. Freeland,
We are a non-partisan group of residents in the University-Rosedale riding who recognize that the Liberal Party's pledge in the last federal election to “make every vote count” by ensuring that “the 2015 election would be the last election under First-Past-The-Post (FPTP)” was a clear and explicit promise, and an unmistakably central part of its campaign platform.
Earlier this year, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau told Canadians that changing the electoral system is no longer the government’s mandate. He said that turning his back on this promise was his “choice to make”. He is mistaken – this is not how democracy works.
Across Canada, nearly 63% of voters in the 2015 federal election cast ballots for a federal party that promised to end FPTP; in the University-Rosedale riding, more than 81% of voters did. The government and you as a member, Ms. Freeland, have been given a clear mandate by these voters to follow through with your election promise to end FPTP.
The federal government also gave the Special Committee on Electoral Reform (ERRE) a very specific mandate: “to identify and conduct a study of viable alternate voting systems to replace the first-past-the-post system, as well as to examine mandatory voting and online voting, and to assess the extent to which the options identified could advance the following principles for electoral reform: effectiveness, engagement, accessibility, integrity and local representation.”
The ERRE Committee, in keeping with this mandate, issued a 333-page report, entitled “Strengthening Democracy in Canada : Principles, Process and Public Engagement for Electoral Reform”, which contained 13 recommendations, including that there be a referendum in which Canadians would choose between a form of proportional representation and the current first-past-the-post system. The Committee arrived at its conclusions after an exhaustive consultation process, in which 57 meetings were held, and testimony from 196 expert witnesses and deputations from 567 open mic participants were heard.
The ERRE Committee has done its job. It is now the responsibility of the government to fulfill its election promise by working with parliamentarians and Canadians to build consensus and decide on a voting system that will replace FPTP.
In May 2017, The ERRE Committee’s report will be voted on in the House of Commons. We strongly believe, Ms. Freeland, that it is incumbent on you to demonstrate leadership and a renewed commitment to your campaign promise to your constituents by voting in favour of the recommendations in this report.
Your Fellow Citizens of University-Rosedale**
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