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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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  • Alanah Sutherland
    signed 2020-10-21 11:11:09 -0400
  • Stephanie A
    signed 2020-10-21 11:07:37 -0400
  • Matthew Hallowell
    signed 2020-10-21 11:03:35 -0400
    You’re an unmitigated bully. Leave actual democracy alone.
  • Andy Wang
    signed 2020-10-21 11:02:43 -0400
  • Jesse Barke
    signed 2020-10-21 11:02:02 -0400
  • Melodie Barnett
    signed 2020-10-21 10:58:33 -0400
  • Robert Haskett
    signed 2020-10-21 10:56:53 -0400
    Once again, Doug Ford is undermining what little remains of our democracy. Doug Ford’s actions can only be described as a bitter assault on democracy!

    (Note: I was born in London, grew up in London, graduated from Western, and still spend significant time in London.)
  • Eileen Lawlor
    signed 2020-10-21 10:56:10 -0400
  • Andrew-Roy Park
    signed 2020-10-21 10:54:37 -0400
    We need ranked balloting
  • Patricia Nolan
    signed 2020-10-21 10:54:30 -0400
    I’m furious about this. I was in the legislature in 2014 with Dave Meslin and dozens of others, when Mitzie Hunter introduced the Toronto Ranked Ballots Election Act. I remember patronizing comments from Conservative Party members, referring to all of us up there in the gallery. I believe Doug is using the pandemic and this kind of lack of vocal public opposition to ram this through.
  • Paul Best
    signed 2020-10-21 10:52:24 -0400
  • David Bowring
    signed 2020-10-21 10:52:05 -0400
  • Liam Nicholdon
    signed 2020-10-21 10:46:37 -0400
  • Alyson Court
    signed 2020-10-21 10:43:54 -0400
  • Richard Cioci
    signed 2020-10-21 10:42:45 -0400
  • Patricia Glover
    signed 2020-10-21 10:40:41 -0400
  • John Vranch
    signed 2020-10-21 10:40:41 -0400
    I strongly oppose the province’s meddling.
  • Kirk Lilwall
    signed 2020-10-21 10:40:25 -0400
  • Cameron Berko
    signed 2020-10-21 10:39:40 -0400
  • John Muller
    signed 2020-10-21 10:28:47 -0400
  • Sandra (Sandy) Segeren
    signed 2020-10-21 10:28:35 -0400
    Ranked ballots bolster our democracy and gives every voter their voice. The availability should be expanded not taken away.
  • Rebecca Campbell
    signed 2020-10-21 10:28:21 -0400
  • Edward Barbeau
    signed 2020-10-21 10:28:11 -0400
    The use of ranked ballots is an issue that should be decided only within the immediate jurisdiction and should not be imposed by a more senior government. It would make no sense, for example, for the federal government to impose a particular form of voting on the provinces. It is particularly noxious that this legislation is snuck into a larger bill without prior consultation and discussion.
  • Michael Olivier
    signed 2020-10-21 10:25:26 -0400
  • Andrea Grochalova
    signed 2020-10-21 10:25:25 -0400
  • John Wilmott
    signed 2020-10-21 10:24:23 -0400
    Just another example of Doug Ford seeking more power and control over government.
  • Tamara Jones
    signed 2020-10-21 10:24:22 -0400
  • Carlos Ocampo
    signed 2020-10-21 10:20:37 -0400
  • Jayden Daniels
    signed 2020-10-21 10:18:09 -0400
  • Colin Bolger
    signed 2020-10-21 10:17:32 -0400