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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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  • Ian Goldberg
    signed 2020-10-21 18:31:35 -0400
  • Caitlin McLellan
    signed 2020-10-21 18:24:28 -0400
  • Annie Dupuis
    signed 2020-10-21 18:21:52 -0400
    Electoral reform is needed to increase voter engagement. Taking away our right to have ranked ballots is going in the wrong direction.
  • Anne Dibben
    signed 2020-10-21 18:18:13 -0400
  • Sally-Beth MacLean
    signed 2020-10-21 18:17:02 -0400
  • Jack Lee
    signed 2020-10-21 18:13:15 -0400
  • Lesley Jamieson
    signed 2020-10-21 18:10:11 -0400
  • Judy Land
    signed 2020-10-21 18:00:28 -0400
  • Darryl Pieber
    signed 2020-10-21 17:59:21 -0400
  • Victoria Catterson
    signed 2020-10-21 17:51:22 -0400
  • Daniel Kryzhanovski
    signed 2020-10-21 17:51:12 -0400
  • Erica Danniels
    signed 2020-10-21 17:49:30 -0400
  • Paul Vejvoda
    signed 2020-10-21 17:49:08 -0400
  • Rachel Fonseca
    signed 2020-10-21 17:46:29 -0400
    The Ford government’s constant interference in municipal matters to the detriment of it’s citizens, is exhausting and stressful and must stop!
  • Anneke Smit
    signed 2020-10-21 17:46:00 -0400
  • Riley Haas
    signed 2020-10-21 17:42:54 -0400
  • Kirstyn Seanor
    signed 2020-10-21 17:39:39 -0400
    Municipalities are a key space to test and refine options, including electoral systems. Taking control away from municipalities risks limiting data collection, program development, and neglecting the impact of local contexts.
  • Carol Agocs
    signed 2020-10-21 17:38:14 -0400
  • Dominique Russell
    signed 2020-10-21 17:36:19 -0400
  • Peter Walker
    signed 2020-10-21 17:36:15 -0400
  • Nicole Godin
    signed 2020-10-21 17:35:58 -0400
  • Jay Rickey
    signed 2020-10-21 17:35:06 -0400
    We need electoral reform badly at all levels of government. This makes no sense and has nothing to do with the pandemic. Please reverse this decision.
  • Mark Ventresca
    signed 2020-10-21 17:34:22 -0400
  • Pamela Reid
    signed 2020-10-21 17:33:30 -0400
    Cancelling this voting system because Ford said that citizens are more concerned about their health is ridiculous. We are capable of walking AND chewing gum. Geesh.
  • Leia Warren
    signed 2020-10-21 17:32:56 -0400
  • Lisa V. Elyea
    signed 2020-10-21 17:31:41 -0400
    The Ford government’s heavy-handed approach in dictating how Ontario residents vote is undemocratic. Ranked ballots produce more accurate results in any election.
  • Christopher Douglas
    signed 2020-10-21 17:29:05 -0400
  • Cheryl Gaster
    signed 2020-10-21 17:28:26 -0400
  • Jennifer Best
    signed 2020-10-21 17:27:29 -0400
    Doug Ford needs to be stopped. Im not sure why your ot fighting harder to tand up for kingston
  • Shonna Eden
    signed 2020-10-21 17:26:48 -0400