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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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  • Jason Diceman
    signed 2020-10-21 10:15:13 -0400
  • Charles Castillo
    signed 2020-10-21 10:14:41 -0400
  • Sierra Killam
    signed 2020-10-21 10:13:14 -0400
  • Raymond Scholz
    signed 2020-10-21 10:12:06 -0400
  • Betsy Anderson
    signed 2020-10-21 10:11:50 -0400
  • James Clayton
    signed 2020-10-21 10:11:23 -0400
  • Norman Calder
    signed 2020-10-21 10:10:39 -0400
    As you say so well “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.”

    Doug – drop this opposition to local democracy!
  • Garry Dodman
    signed 2020-10-21 10:10:19 -0400
  • Peter Stewart
    signed 2020-10-21 10:07:34 -0400
    This the peoples democracy. If a majority want ranked ballots in our municipality the province has no buisness interfering.
  • Jack Hopkins
    signed 2020-10-21 10:07:30 -0400
  • Conrad Dueck
    signed 2020-10-21 10:03:56 -0400
  • Mary Lovett
    signed 2020-10-21 10:03:48 -0400
    Makes no sense!
  • Jasmine Irwin
    signed 2020-10-21 10:02:57 -0400
  • Don Adams
    signed 2020-10-21 10:02:39 -0400
  • Deirdre O’sullivan
    signed 2020-10-21 10:01:46 -0400
  • Bailey Chui
    signed 2020-10-21 10:01:19 -0400
  • Sherry Yuan Hunter
    signed 2020-10-21 09:59:50 -0400
    I’m not an activist, but our ability as a society to handle future challenges rests in a well run government that appropriately represents citizens and their needs. Ranked ballot is the only fair and consistent way to capture the true voting desires of citizens, holding elected officials accountable to all who vote for and against them.
  • Graham Gill
    signed 2020-10-21 09:56:58 -0400
    Premier Ford generated a lot of good will towards himself from a sceptical electorate with his not flawless but generally sensible handling of the pandemic in Ontario. Well if this legislation passes he’s lost my vote for sure.
  • Chris Cowperthwaite
    signed 2020-10-21 09:56:13 -0400
  • Phillip Stirling
    signed 2020-10-21 09:54:58 -0400
  • Colin Bruce
    signed 2020-10-21 09:54:34 -0400
  • Irena Kohn
    signed 2020-10-21 09:52:32 -0400
  • Allan Baker
    signed 2020-10-21 09:51:19 -0400
    We need to be moving FORWARD, making our DEMOCRACY stronger and more representative. That’s what ranked ballots do.
  • Steven Kerfoot
    signed 2020-10-21 09:50:24 -0400
  • Eva Berringer
    signed 2020-10-21 09:50:19 -0400
    In municipal elections where you can have over 10 candidates running in a given ward, ranked balloting helps avoid the situation where someone wins with very little (sometimes less than 20%) support. Ranked balloting is the only fair way of getting a true sense of the people’s preference.
  • Lausch Marilyn
    signed 2020-10-21 09:49:24 -0400
  • Peter McDonald
    signed 2020-10-21 09:48:38 -0400
    Back off Mr. Ford and keep covid bills to covid issues.
  • Tom Woodhall
    signed 2020-10-21 09:47:30 -0400
  • Jennie Malone
    signed 2020-10-21 09:45:51 -0400
  • Nadia Gibbons
    signed 2020-10-21 09:45:33 -0400