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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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  • Paul Dutton
    signed 2020-11-04 10:29:38 -0500
    Doug Ford, HOW DARE YOU?!?! Your Bill 218 ban on ranked ballot elections is authoritarian, totalitarian, and fascistic.
  • Avrum Jacobson
    signed 2020-11-04 10:28:56 -0500
  • Dianna Gunn
    signed 2020-11-04 10:23:22 -0500
  • Luis Freitas
    signed 2020-11-04 10:21:50 -0500
  • Gerrard Weedon
    signed 2020-11-04 09:50:59 -0500
  • Joanna Motley
    signed 2020-11-04 09:31:57 -0500
  • Maryann Shemansky
    signed 2020-11-04 09:31:17 -0500
  • Sebastian Keegan
    signed 2020-11-04 09:11:26 -0500
  • Catherine Hunt
    signed 2020-11-04 08:44:30 -0500
  • Susan Phillips
    signed 2020-11-04 08:09:18 -0500
  • Shayla Duval
    signed 2020-11-04 08:05:10 -0500
  • Dorothy Krawetz
    signed 2020-11-04 05:21:50 -0500
    I am a resident of Kingston ON. We voted to conduct the next municipal election using ranked ballots, We have the right to make this decision for our city.
  • Jillian Glatt
    signed 2020-11-03 09:13:50 -0500
  • Bhawneet Gulati
    signed 2020-11-03 09:02:05 -0500
  • Evan Henry
    signed 2020-11-03 08:59:13 -0500
  • Linda Daley
    signed 2020-11-03 08:31:12 -0500
  • Clara Pringle
    signed 2020-11-02 17:52:50 -0500
  • John Brannigan
    signed 2020-11-02 09:14:38 -0500
    I have no idea why your government has decided to prevent the ranked ballot system from being implemented in Ontario in light of the fact that you were elected as leader of the PC party using this system.
  • Abram Braithwaite
    signed 2020-11-02 00:09:15 -0500
  • Noah MacDougall
    signed 2020-11-01 22:40:25 -0500
  • Nicholas Laan
    signed 2020-11-01 18:25:54 -0500
    we need to be allowed to try this at a local level.
  • Kojo Damptey
    signed 2020-10-31 01:35:10 -0400
  • Denise Gonsalvez
    signed 2020-10-30 21:05:54 -0400
  • Darren Porter
    signed 2020-10-30 20:32:56 -0400
  • Mark Wilson
    signed 2020-10-30 20:28:02 -0400
  • Sandy Soave
    signed 2020-10-30 19:32:09 -0400
  • Gloria Gassi
    signed 2020-10-30 19:05:05 -0400
  • Beth Barz
    signed 2020-10-30 14:43:19 -0400
    Hands off our democracy. Do not bury a ranked ballots issue in the large Bill 128 amid a pandemic.
  • Julia Miller
    signed 2020-10-30 14:04:02 -0400
  • richard rusheleau
    signed 2020-10-30 13:47:10 -0400