In a referendum from January 2 to February 2, 2013, Fair Vote Canada’s members will decide whether Fair Vote should continue to support Proportional Representation (Option A) or change course to support the Alternative Vote (Option B) to elect councils in municipalities without political parties.
Fair Vote Canada was founded to support one powerful idea: that every vote should count. It has never supported ‘winner-take-all’ systems like the Alternative Vote (AV) or First Past the Post to elect legislative bodies, and it shouldn’t start now.
The problems with the Alternative Vote are well documented. All of the same problems would be present at the municipal level, and supporting AV there would be the thin of the wedge for spreading AV to other levels of government and derailing real reform. It’s crucial that we don’t let that happen. Proportional representation is winnable in 2015.
Please read why Fair Vote Canada National Councillors are supporting Proportional Representation (Option A) in the referendum, and take a moment to forward this site to other Fair Vote members you know.
What others are saying…
Fair Vote Canada Chapter Executive Statements in Support of Option A:
The Alternative Vote is a voting system proposed by some as a “fix” for many elections in Canada. It’s also known as Instant Runoff Voting (IRV), ranked choice voting, or preferential voting in single-member districts or ridings.
The Alternative Vote doesn’t address the problems in our current voting system — it’s just another winner-take-all system that encourages strategic voting, denies the fundamental democratic principle of equal representation for each voter, and distracts from the goal of proportional representation. AV will deny Canadians the representation they want and deserve.