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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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  • Sarah Rimmington
    signed 2020-10-20 17:35:34 -0400
  • Michael Urban
    signed 2020-10-20 17:33:24 -0400
  • Derek webster
    signed via 2020-10-20 17:31:20 -0400
    I shouldn’t be surprised that the dictatorial, anti-democratic Ford government that imposed catastrophic changes on Toronto’s municipal election while it was in progress would do this, but to tack it onto a Covid bill in the middle of the pandemic? Shame.
  • Graham Fischer
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  • Micah Richardson
    @richardsonmicah tweeted link to this page. 2020-10-20 17:13:51 -0400
    Ranked ballots provide people with more choice and encourage new people to run for office. Tell @fordnation to stop protecting incumbent politicians #onmuni http://www.helmer.ca/ranked_ballots?recruiter_id=71936
  • Cecilia Liu
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  • Micah Richardson
    signed 2020-10-20 17:13:31 -0400
    I was so proud of my hometown when they held the first ranked ballot election in Canada. Doug Ford has proven to be anti-democracy once again, interfering in our cities.
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  • Kevin May
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    I would not have considered running in 2018 if not for ranked ballots.
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