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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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  • Anthony TeKare
    signed 2020-10-21 14:23:04 -0400
  • Daniel Rotsztain
    signed 2020-10-21 14:22:51 -0400
  • Stephanie Winterton
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  • Paul Winterton
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    signed 2020-10-21 14:20:29 -0400
  • Mark Tomblin
    signed 2020-10-21 14:14:32 -0400
  • Kevin Cormier
    signed 2020-10-21 14:13:17 -0400
  • matthew hall
    signed 2020-10-21 14:04:09 -0400
    this is rank hypocrisy on Ford’s part.
  • David Hogg
    signed 2020-10-21 13:58:46 -0400
    This Conservative bill lessens my democratic rights by reducing my choices to a yes or no vote. I fully support ranked ballots for all three levels of government.
  • Connell Miller
    signed 2020-10-21 13:57:59 -0400
  • Nancy Wesson
    signed 2020-10-21 13:57:30 -0400
  • Fadil Haniff
    signed 2020-10-21 13:53:59 -0400
  • Adam Corrigan-Holowitz
    signed 2020-10-21 13:51:13 -0400
    Ranked ballots are good for democracy, they are good for London, and there should be more ranked ballots in municipal elections.
  • Sonia Menezes
    signed 2020-10-21 13:50:57 -0400
    There is no justifiable reason to undermine a fair and equitable process in a good democracy.
  • James Walsh
    signed 2020-10-21 13:45:30 -0400
    Ranked ballots prevent the spoiler effect and eliminate the need to “vote strategically”.
  • Roy Hardy
    signed 2020-10-21 13:44:01 -0400
  • Edward Jackson
    signed 2020-10-21 13:42:05 -0400
  • Barbara Rahder
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  • peter sugar
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  • Lois Van Geel
    signed 2020-10-21 13:32:24 -0400
  • Edwin Hotchkiss
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  • Sidonie Wilson
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  • Peter Steele-Mosey
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  • Craig Gillespie
    signed 2020-10-21 13:22:26 -0400
  • Jacqueline G
    signed 2020-10-21 13:21:14 -0400
    Let the cities determine its own municipal elections voting choice. Ranked ballots for London, ON. Provincial government should not interfere with this choice.
  • Ross Hirning
    signed 2020-10-21 13:20:45 -0400
  • Andrew Vallas
    signed 2020-10-21 13:10:39 -0400