Action for Proportional Representation website: www.simplychange.ca.
Proportional Representation reflects the actual popular vote by taking away seats from the top 2-3 parties and distributing it to the smaller parties and independent candidates. No party leader in their right state of mind would propose legislation that would diminish the power of his/her own party. And since the governing party and top opposition party are always in a position to lose seats, there is no scenario where our Parliament will ever pass such legislation. Our politicians are shamelessly transparent in this regard: they support Proportional Representation when the math is in their favour, only to abandon the idea when it is no longer self-serving.
If we switched to Proportional Representation today, the Conservative Party would lose 40 of its 160 seats. NDP would lose 30. The Liberal Party would gain 25 seats — and we can be sure that is why they started talking about it recently. But more importantly, the Green Party would go up from 1 to 12 seats, PQ would gain 14 seats and we would see 3 independent MPs in Parliament.
Michael Nicula’s piece on Huffington Post:
Michael, Ben, Daniel – attending
JF – apologies
David – technical difficulties joining in
The main thing right now is getting member forms signed. To that end:
- Getting one’s family and extended circles to sign up is going to be critical.
- Try to get each person who signs up to sign up another person.
- Michael is sending out mail packages to members (not going to be enough on it’s own).
- Ben is going to be updating some of our website info and posting some content to the website.
- Others are welcome to help out on website content, message Michael for access to post on the forum, FB, and so on.
- Daniel Lewis is going to start some social media events on FB and G+.
- If you have ideas or more you can do to this end, please let us know.
Next meeting: Thursday 23 May 2013. Will try Google Hangouts again.
Canadians Support Online Voting…
One area on the campaign trail that Canada is a bit ahead of the curve than Americans is in the use of online voting. While neither country can cast a ballot online in federal elections, many Canadian cities and municipalities have begun rolling out this measure as a way to try and increase voter turnout. Three in five (62%) Canadians ‘support’ (29% strongly/33% somewhat) introducing online voting for Canadian elections, while two in five (38%) ‘oppose’ (18% strongly/20% somewhat) the use of online voting. Atlantic Canadians (71%), Albertans (63%), and Ontarians (63%) most ‘support’ the use of online voting, while those from Quebec (58%), British Columbia (61%), and Saskatchewan and Manitoba (61%) least ‘support’ it.
The Finnish government has approved the technology behind a new ‘Open Ministry’ platform, which will act as a hub for citizens who want new laws voted on in the country’s parliament.
I have been working on a website over the last 3-4 months: www.canadavotesforchange.ca and have just recently come across your web site. I would love to be affiliated with your site and have my traffic go to your site and vise versa.
We all have to work together to help our country
Our new project: ‘Agora’: Be an MP today!
Note: We are looking for Political Science students, young professionals, who would like to be part of this project, taking responsibility to either post Bills every day and/or curate a party’s position (vote, quotes) – we will be doing this until the parties take ownership of their own accounts).
Let us know if you wish to be part of this exciting project!
AGORA is LIVE NOW!!
We’re currently showing Bills from the previous Parliamentary session. Once the new session starts in September, we will be posting the daily agenda.
(Ancient Greek History)
Agora: The central gathering place, where social and commercial dealings took place, but most importantly devoted to the political and legal process that was democracy, or government of the people. Also, it represents the home base for all of the state’s administrative, legal and political functions.
The ‘Agora’ Project
‘Agora’ is a project that presents Canadians all Parliamentary Bills in raw format, along with the positions taken by some of the registered federal parties in Canada (19 of them at this time). You, the Canadian voter, now have the tools to analyze the Bills, see various political position, as well as the power to express your own opinion and vote!
A future website feature will give you a ranking report of how each party represents your political views based on vote affinity, once the number of votes becomes meaningful.
Note: the parties’ positions are either curated by our editorial staff or in some cases, based on their interest, by representatives of those parties. Each party profile contains details in this regard. We are extending the invitation to all parties to take control of their own accounts.
How does it work?
1. Our own editorial team collects and posts all Parliamentary Bills in raw format, starting in September 2012 (new Parliament session). Until then, we’re showing Bills from the previous session.
2. We have created 19 Level 3 ‘Political Parties’ profiles, one for each federally registered political party, including OPC. Each party presents their own position and vote.
3. For those parties that do not take part in this project, our editorial team will curate their positions: comments and votes.
4. You have the opportunity to study the Bill, check out parties’ positions and express your own position via comments and vote.
5. ‘Agora’ project tells you exactly which party you should support in the next election! The Affinity report (future feature of the website) will compare your votes to all registered parties and will show you which party represents you.
“OPC encourages voters to participate in every election and to vote according to which party represents them the closest. Our democracy is chronically undermined by so-called ‘strategic’ votes, whereby voters cast ballots supporting the best positioned rival of the party they dislike. This practice spoils the vote results and favours the big parties. If a small party represents your political views, I urge you to vote for them!”