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Today, Doug Ford is trying to take away power from the people of Ontario.

Taking away the option of ranked ballots makes our democracy worse. It reduces the political voice of voters. It reduces the likelihood of new people seeking to serve as elected representatives at the municipal level.

The only people who benefit from taking away ranked ballots are incumbent politicians.

Back in 2018, London was the only municipality in Ontario to implement ranked ballots (read more in this report from Unlock Democracy). Ranked ballots allowed tens of thousands of Londoners to rank their preferences for mayor and council elections. It worked well and it encouraged new people to run for council, including the first Black woman elected to London's city council

Kingston and Cambridge voted in 2018 to move ahead with ranked ballots in 2022.

It does cost a little bit more to collect much more information about who people support. That is the cost of a stronger local democracy.

The previous Liberal government empowered people by making ranked ballots an option at the municipal level. They gave people a choice. By taking that power away, by moving to collect less rather than more information from voters, Doug Ford is protecting incumbent politicians.

The Ontario PC Party itself uses ranked ballots. Doug Ford was elected Leader by a ranked ballot. If ranked ballots are good enough for his own party, surely they are good enough for the people of Ontario.

This change has been tacked on to the pandemic-related "Supporting Ontario's Recovery Act, 2020." If London is forced to switch back to first-past-the-post, we will incur new one-time costs.

It is clear that this move is really about stopping electoral reform from spreading.

If you oppose this move to take ranked ballots away as an option, please add your name and share this petition.

You may also want to call Premier Ford's office at 416-325-1941.

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  • Janice Durst
    signed 2020-10-22 09:32:47 -0400
    Don’t let Ford take away your right to choose!
  • Carol Stewart
    signed 2020-10-22 09:15:48 -0400
  • Hamzah Rizvi
    signed 2020-10-22 09:03:40 -0400
  • Kale Boehmer
    signed 2020-10-22 09:03:29 -0400
  • Robert Quickert
    signed 2020-10-22 09:02:46 -0400
  • Dieter Döring
    signed 2020-10-22 08:45:56 -0400
  • aaron zsoldos
    signed 2020-10-22 08:44:51 -0400
  • Richard Moulton
    signed 2020-10-22 08:41:42 -0400
    I supported ranked ballots in Kingston’s 2018 city-wide referendum and would like to see the success of that referendum respected.
  • Emely Pul
    signed 2020-10-22 08:40:20 -0400
  • Margaret Martin
    signed 2020-10-22 08:31:51 -0400
  • Jacob Rawski
    signed 2020-10-22 08:20:21 -0400
  • Valerie Malmsten
    signed 2020-10-22 08:07:57 -0400
    I am outraged. Removing this right is anti-democratic. Shame on Ford.
  • Joanne Waite
    signed 2020-10-22 08:05:52 -0400
  • David Sheffield
    signed 2020-10-22 08:05:47 -0400
  • Amy White
    @akwca tweeted link to this page. 2020-10-22 08:01:07 -0400
    Ranked ballots provide people with more choice and encourage new people to run for office. Tell @fordnation to stop protecting incumbent politicians #onmuni https://www.helmer.ca/ranked_ballots?recruiter_id=65753
  • Amy White
    signed 2020-10-22 08:00:12 -0400
  • Carherine Turl
    signed 2020-10-22 07:45:47 -0400
  • Paul Gervan
    signed 2020-10-22 07:35:58 -0400
  • Philip Martyn
    signed 2020-10-22 07:35:49 -0400
  • Peter Leventis
    signed 2020-10-22 06:56:57 -0400
  • Johan Zeeman
    signed 2020-10-22 06:52:04 -0400
    Once agains, the right shows it hates democracy.
  • Kim Miller
    signed 2020-10-22 06:47:12 -0400
  • Yvonne Houle
    signed 2020-10-22 06:47:08 -0400
    We have the technology to become a better democracy. Let’s move on into the 21st century. Stop the lame excuses.
  • Shirley Zussman
    signed 2020-10-22 06:45:28 -0400
  • Veronika Bsuer
    signed 2020-10-22 06:42:49 -0400
  • Geoff Dowling
    signed 2020-10-22 04:08:15 -0400
    Stop meddling in municipal affairs.
  • Edward Chew
    signed 2020-10-22 02:05:09 -0400
  • Nancy Whyte
    signed 2020-10-22 01:42:55 -0400
  • stephen gaikezheyongai
    signed 2020-10-22 01:34:58 -0400
  • Jim Hoffman
    signed 2020-10-22 01:13:13 -0400
    It is antidemocratic to undo the work of democratically elected councillors.