Declaration of Voter's Rights

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Openness to Electoral Reform

Fair Vote Canada Saskatchewan Chapter's participation in the Prince Albert Street Fair was inspiring. Also thrilled that we were selected as a focus by Matt Gardner of the Prince Albert Daily Herald. Read his article "Fair Vote Canada Talks Electoral Reform at Street Fair".
To generalize, there were three reactions. One, individuals who had heard of proportional representation would walk up, smile, and sign the petition. Two, individuals who had not heard or proportional representation and thought it sounded better than the current system who were comfortable signing. Three, individuals who had not heard of proportional representation and thought it sounded better but who wanted to learn more before signing.  
I appreciated the pre-voter who was very interested and inspired a lively conversation by asking if proportional representation gives us an opportunity to have a say in who becomes Prime Minister. Even the one nay-sayer was not against proportional representation but appeared more disillusioned that any reform would suffice. What really made my day was the individual whose eyes lit up at having found another reason to hope that others were actively working on a shift towards a better democracy.  
Caption for photo: Even fools know to support proportional representation.
I also encouraged everyone to check out the "edutaining" videos at FairVote.ca contest to learn the basics.  https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLE0dYpVCw9bYWQIuI1pr0L-ptCk5EpWYn
Nancy Carswell
Co-spokesperson FVC Saskatchewan Chapter

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