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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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  • Julia Miller
    signed 2020-10-30 14:04:02 -0400
  • richard rusheleau
    signed 2020-10-30 13:47:10 -0400
  • Christine Overall
    signed 2020-10-30 11:37:58 -0400
  • Levan Yuck
    signed 2020-10-30 11:36:20 -0400
  • La Meloche
    signed 2020-10-30 11:00:05 -0400
  • Jack Gibbons
    signed 2020-10-30 09:44:45 -0400
  • Lionel Zambeaux
    signed 2020-10-30 09:26:36 -0400
  • Doris Bradley
    signed 2020-10-30 07:35:56 -0400
  • Joanne Gottheil
    signed 2020-10-29 16:58:35 -0400
  • Kyle Tennant
    signed 2020-10-29 15:58:48 -0400
  • Jullian Madjus
    signed 2020-10-29 08:24:07 -0400
  • Kenneth Stewart
    signed 2020-10-28 23:56:18 -0400
  • Mike Bickerton
    signed 2020-10-28 20:00:32 -0400
  • Michael Hughes
    signed 2020-10-28 17:18:07 -0400
  • Dayani Ravichandran
    signed 2020-10-28 13:15:33 -0400
  • Chris Bayley
    signed 2020-10-28 09:23:11 -0400
    Ranked ballots support a more balanced representation of political opinions in a riding. Removing this as an option for municipal elections serves to benefit only the larger political parties (thus keeping them in power) and reduce the adequate governmental representation that citizens deserve, threatening to disenfranchise younger voters.

    Pushing to remove ranked-ballots, especially when that system is already in place in London, Ontario, is an unnecessary attempt to trim costs.

    Trying to hide this legislation is an omnibus Covid-19 relief bill is representative of the shameful politics we’ve seen from the Ford government since the election.
  • James Ward
    signed 2020-10-27 22:14:45 -0400
    Hiding this legislation inside a coronavirus bill is despicable and un-Canadian. It’s one of the problems with the US process for passing laws.
  • Hriday Keshav
    signed 2020-10-27 18:38:09 -0400
  • Julia Fox-Revett
    signed 2020-10-27 17:40:15 -0400
  • Sarah Maaten
    signed 2020-10-27 14:08:35 -0400
  • Amber Morley
    signed 2020-10-27 09:52:01 -0400
  • Tanja Grasshoff
    signed 2020-10-26 22:31:33 -0400
    The ranked ballot system is more difficult to implement, but more democratic. Each municipality should decide for itself whether or not to implement it.
  • George Hannah
    signed 2020-10-26 22:23:24 -0400
  • karen chandlerq
    signed 2020-10-26 21:20:37 -0400

  • Susan Streight
    signed via 2020-10-26 21:17:59 -0400
  • Micah Ton
    signed 2020-10-26 20:41:45 -0400
  • Ellie Barton
    signed via 2020-10-26 20:35:06 -0400
    I’m outraged that the Ford government is withholding our desire for electoral reform in Kingston. I’m reading Teardown: Rebuilding Democracy from the Ground Up,

    by Dave Meslin. One of his key recommendations is proportional representation, and the municipal level is the best place to start.
  • Anne-Marie Sanchez
    signed 2020-10-26 20:27:50 -0400
  • Galen Dunning
    signed 2020-10-26 20:14:55 -0400
  • John Luke Wheatley
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