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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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  • Blake Connoy
    signed 2020-10-21 09:15:47 -0400
    Ranked ballots should be the norm across all three levels of government! Definitely keep the ability for municipalities to choose!!
  • jm kerr
    signed 2020-10-21 09:15:24 -0400
    ford II and the cons deathly afraid of letting people have a real choice.

    However, in London, the con mayorality candidate went from a 34% of the 1st choice votes, but 60% at the end of the counting.

    Difference between being a lame 34% FPTTP mayor to a 60% mayor with ranked ballot. Significant!
  • Mark Daye
    signed 2020-10-21 09:14:56 -0400
  • Scott Forbes
    signed 2020-10-21 09:14:29 -0400
  • Bailey Martel
    signed 2020-10-21 09:13:35 -0400
  • Patrick Cupido
    signed 2020-10-21 09:12:08 -0400
  • Mark Field
    signed 2020-10-21 09:11:22 -0400
  • Doug Earl
    signed 2020-10-21 09:11:12 -0400
  • Jeff Wood
    signed 2020-10-21 09:09:57 -0400
    Just called Premier Ford’s office and spoke to Cheryl. Asked her to pass on a message to him that this is completely unacceptable and that he should reverse his position
  • Douglas Quantz
    signed 2020-10-21 09:09:52 -0400
  • Elena Potter
    signed 2020-10-21 09:09:49 -0400
  • Charles Liddy
    signed 2020-10-21 09:09:46 -0400
  • Nicole Brandon
    signed 2020-10-21 09:09:43 -0400
  • Juliet Palmer
    signed 2020-10-21 09:09:38 -0400
  • Tony Tremain 🇨🇦
    @tonytremain tweeted link to this page. 2020-10-21 09:08:51 -0400
    Ranked ballots provide people with more choice and encourage new people to run for office. Tell @fordnation to stop protecting incumbent politicians #onmuni https://www.helmer.ca/ranked_ballots?recruiter_id=79248
  • Tony Tremain
    signed 2020-10-21 09:08:42 -0400
  • Graham Lavender
    signed 2020-10-21 09:08:32 -0400
  • Ted Miller
    signed 2020-10-21 09:05:22 -0400
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    signed 2020-10-21 09:03:53 -0400
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  • Andrew Butash
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  • Randall Wigle
    signed 2020-10-21 09:03:02 -0400
    Why take ranked ballots away from municipalities that CHOSE them and have had good experience with them? Very disrespectful of those voters.
  • Vasiliki Bednar
    signed 2020-10-21 09:02:46 -0400
  • Lynda Chubak
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