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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.

1,131 signatures so far

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or Text RANKEDBALLOTS to +12262700719 to sign

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  • leo murphy
    signed 2020-10-21 11:57:32 -0400
    Ford is using tragedy to advance his anti-democratic plans, so wrong and so cynical.
  • Warren McPherson
    signed 2020-10-21 11:56:47 -0400
    Our children will live in a world of change even more than we do. We need them to be better prepared to manage it. This is a well-considered change and we need to go ahead with it.
  • Jane Daly
    signed 2020-10-21 11:56:46 -0400
  • Cory McPhee
    signed 2020-10-21 11:53:48 -0400
  • Myer Siemiatycki
    signed 2020-10-21 11:53:33 -0400
    Let municipalities and their residents decide!
  • Sean Caragata
    signed 2020-10-21 11:53:06 -0400
  • Linda Rosengarten
    signed 2020-10-21 11:51:21 -0400
  • Pamela Clarridge
    signed 2020-10-21 11:45:04 -0400
  • Allan Hux
    signed 2020-10-21 11:42:01 -0400
    The ranked ballot encourages more civil discourse in elections. It is used by all political parties when selecting their leaders and should be used in all elections in Canada.
  • Doreen Thompson
    signed 2020-10-21 11:39:26 -0400
  • Dyan Cook
    signed 2020-10-21 11:38:22 -0400
    The pandemic crisis should not take away our right to democracy and should not give government sweeping powers to do what one leader sees fit , without public discussion. The policy of Ranked Ballots needs to be discussed further for cities who wish to implement this change. In addition, Doug Ford and his government are interfering in the elected democratic process of citizens in London, Cambridge and Kitchener by enforcing a voting system which is biased towards the government in place. Fair voting and the democratic decision of how to vote is the right of the voter.
  • Joshua Stein
    signed 2020-10-21 11:36:34 -0400
  • Doug Rogers
    signed 2020-10-21 11:35:33 -0400
  • Emily Jasper
    signed 2020-10-21 11:35:29 -0400
  • Dorothy Aaron
    signed 2020-10-21 11:34:09 -0400
    No way will I vote Conservative if you go ahead with this initiative
  • Jeff Moon
    signed 2020-10-21 11:33:00 -0400
  • John Nyman
    signed 2020-10-21 11:30:50 -0400
  • Mary Alton
    signed 2020-10-21 11:30:35 -0400
  • Dw MacKinnon
    signed 2020-10-21 11:27:05 -0400
  • Peter Dewdney
    signed 2020-10-21 11:26:48 -0400
  • Richard Sarner
    signed 2020-10-21 11:25:57 -0400
    Scrapping rank balloting gives Ontario Voters less options ( therefore less power )…Ford Government is over -reaching here ( just like They did when they subtracted the amount of Toronto City Councillors in the midst of an election )..This action by Ford is bull headed and anti-Democratic..LET MUNICIPALITIES DECIDE….ALL POLITICS IS LOCAL…Cudos to Mr. Helmer for pursuing this issue….
  • jason shaw
    signed 2020-10-21 11:25:42 -0400
  • David Levy
    signed 2020-10-21 11:25:15 -0400
  • Mark Homer
    signed 2020-10-21 11:25:01 -0400
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    signed 2020-10-21 11:24:01 -0400
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    signed 2020-10-21 11:23:31 -0400
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    signed 2020-10-21 11:21:22 -0400
  • Vance Tschritter
    signed 2020-10-21 11:19:21 -0400
  • Pinoo Bindhani
    signed 2020-10-21 11:17:46 -0400
  • Vienna O'Shea
    signed 2020-10-21 11:16:08 -0400