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Laurel L. Russwurm @laurelrusswurm
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Some people think #ProportionalRepresentation will result in government backroom deals - the kind we didn't vote for.

But that's no byproduct of #ProRep. I know that because we have that *now* with our #WinnerTakeAll voting system, although its mostly invisible.
I can provide a case study on the backroom deal I am *very* familiar with: the 2015 Liberal Electoral Reform promise.

I made a film to help Liberal friends get Resolution 31 (they wrote) adopted at the LPC policy Convention prior to the 2015 election.
As @BardishKW said, "In 2014 the Liberal Party voted overwhelmingly to endorse what has become our Electoral Plank."

LPC members voted *overwhelmingly* for the process.

Candidate @RajSainiMP explained how it would be done.
Proportional Representation was such an important improvement @AmbStephaneDion developed his own made in Canada #ProportionalRepresentation system:
And Prime Minister @JustinTrudeau personally promised-- more than 1000 (1500?) times during the election-- an electoral reform process to determine what electoral system would replace FPTP.
During the 2015 campaign, LPC Candidate @Bardish Chagger assured the standing room only Waterloo crowd that she could be trusted to work for #ElectoralReform

Because unrepresentative democracy fails to serve the unrepresented majority.
So the Liberals won their own phony majority.

39% of the votes power = 100%

Rather like the 2011 election where 39% of the votes delivered the Harper Government 100% of the power.
The Electoral Reform promise was reiterated in the Throne Speech. But when they started the process, they tried to exclude Green & Bloc MPs from the promised "all party committee."

#CDNpoli who voted for #ElectoralReform were outraged, so the #LPC adopted @nathancullen's plan.
And so the ERRE Committee was formed.

My Fair Vote Friends had visited the 4 new Liberal MPs who'd replaced 4 Conservative MPs in Waterloo Region, asking to have the ERRE Committee visit our region. fairvotewrc.ca/2016/01/
But although the #ERRE Committee visited every Canadian Province and Territory (some more than once) the Committee only made a single stop in the most populous province.
The Waterloo Region "consolation prize" was a visit by Minister of Democratic Institutions, @MaryamMonsef. I understand our event had the largest attendance in Canada.

This was the only Liberal Party led information session in the whole region.

Not one of our 4 Liberal MPs held their own #ElectoralReform event (as @RajSainiMP had talked of doing before he was elected MP).

One person in the audience asked Ms Monsef to better publicize these events, as she only heard of it at the last minute by happenstance.
But that never happened. A characteristic of both the ERRE and Monsef cross Canada ERRE events was an absence of advertising, or even promotion by MPs. These last minute events were advertised only on Ms Monsef's obscure webpage. I made my own promotional materials.
The Government didn't advertise the ERRE process or make it an issue in the main stream media. It was pretty much invisible. Reports I heard of ERRE Committee hearings mentioned a complete absence of press coverage. But an offduty reporter attended ours. therecord.com/opinion-story/…
Waterloo Regions only remaining Conservative MP sent out a referendum mailer.

Meanwhile, instead of leading, Ms Monsef released a digital Do It Yourself Consultation book, leaving it up to citizen volunteers to raise awareness of the process & educate fellow citizens.
In #WRAwesome @fairvotewrc hosted public info sessions weekly, held 4 round table info sessions at local Libraries, invited Jean-Pierre Kingsley (former Chief Electoral Officer of Elections Canada) to speak. Ordinary people hosted back yard events.
In the absence of federal NDP representation in Waterloo Region, Waterloo MPP @CFifeKW spoke at a backyard event.
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Likewise the Waterloo Region Greens hosted their own event, which actually got coverage on the local CTV station: kitchener.ctvnews.ca/video?clipId=9… The results of the mock elections can be found here: wrgreens.wordpress.com/2016/10/05/com…
The Waterloo Greens were asked to provide a speaker at Brantford-Brant Community dialogue hosted by the local Liberal riding association. The riding is currently held by a Conservative MP who attended the event. wrgreens.wordpress.com/2016/10/05/wrg…
And to ensure people understood Mr Trudeau's favored Alternative Vote/IRV/Preferential/ranked ballot system, @fairvotewrc hosted a "Proportional Representation vs. Alternative Vote" debate between academics Barry Kay and Dennis Pilon.
But the evidence against AV was so overwhelming the Liberals on the ERRE Committee didn't even try to fight for it.

Then: "Prime Minister Trudeau ne garantit plus une réforme électorale majeure" (Trudeau no longer guarantees a major electoral reform)
ledevoir.com/politique/cana…
People across the political spectrum were stunned.

As Mr Mulcair said, “So the unfair system is still there. The only thing that’s changed is that Mr. Trudeau believes he’s such a good choice that the system doesn’t have to be changed anymore.”

ipolitics.ca/2016/10/19/tru…
Nonetheless, the majority of citizen comments and expert testimony presented to the ERRE Committee recommended some form of #ProportionalRepresentation.

But as it happened, only the Liberal ERRE members fought against #ProRep whoacanada.wordpress.com/2016/11/05/fvc…
With the appetite for Proportional Representation prevailing, the Trudeau government spent more money sending postcards to all Canadian voters for on an online survey. From the start, the survey was roundly mocked for methodology and bias. thespec.com/opinion-story/…
Even so, although the summary claimed otherwise, the result favored Electoral Reform to #ProportionalRepresentation fairvote.ca/2017/01/26/myd…

Read it for yourself canada.ca/en/campaign/el…
This Government promised an #ElectoralReform process. But when it didn't produce the desired result, the PM pulled the plug.

That was not what the overwhelming majority of the Liberal Party voted for at their Convention.
Nor was this what all the people who voted Liberal because of the #ProportionalRepresentation promise made in the 2015 election.



E-616 most signed official digital petition presented to the Government of Canada was ignored? petitions.ourcommons.ca/en/petition/de…
Appeals to the Liberal Government have fallen on deaf ears.

But perhaps the most d*mning evidence is the mandate letter nonsense. The PM made a big deal out of publishing the mandate letters given to the newly minted Cabinet Ministers.
The primary thrust of the mandate letter Mr Trudeau gave his Minister of Democratic Institutions was about fulfilling the #ElectoralReform promise. But when Ms Monsef failed to kill the process by making it appear to be the ERRE Committee's fault, she was removed from the post.
When Mr Trudeau named the new Minister of Democratic Institutions, he gave her a new mandate letter without any requirement to change the voting system.

Here's the thing: when talking about a political mandate, what is meant is the authority granted government by the voters.
The only way a government's mandate should be able to change is with a new election, or a referendum. Yet Canada had neither.

When coalition or minority governments form in #ProportionalRepresentation, everyone knows who is negotiating and can see the result.
In our #FPTP system, even party members have no idea there is even an issue. That's why after we have an election, the guessing game about which promises will actually be kept begins.
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