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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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  • Ebony Pasquarelli
    signed 2020-10-24 14:22:59 -0400
  • Alex McVety
    signed 2020-10-24 14:09:35 -0400
  • anthony goodman
    signed 2020-10-24 13:39:46 -0400
    Don’t mess with our democratic reform! It works well and gives the People the options they deserve and want.
  • Graham Lodge
    signed 2020-10-24 13:07:39 -0400
  • Jason Bragg
    signed 2020-10-24 13:06:10 -0400
  • Sarah Campbell
    signed 2020-10-24 11:40:56 -0400
  • Steven Davis-Mendelow
    signed 2020-10-24 11:31:15 -0400
    It’s incredible , but not surprising that Doug Ford would be scared of ranked balloting. It’s unfortunate but not surprising that he would shut down that option in his own self interests.
  • Barbara Young
    signed 2020-10-24 10:42:11 -0400
  • Elizabeth Moulton
    signed via 2020-10-24 09:58:11 -0400
  • Cathy Loos
    signed via 2020-10-24 09:21:05 -0400
  • Haley Selbie
    signed 2020-10-24 08:44:10 -0400
    The city of Kingston directly supported this initiative through a referendum and the provincial government had no standing to make this change. Furthermore sliding it into a recovery bill is undemocratic and underhanded.
  • Matthew Loos
    signed 2020-10-24 08:35:56 -0400
  • Margaret L
    signed 2020-10-24 07:29:16 -0400
  • Ming Ma
    signed via 2020-10-24 06:46:44 -0400
  • Shari Taylor
    signed 2020-10-24 00:26:14 -0400
  • Charles Ritchie
    signed 2020-10-23 21:01:23 -0400
  • Michael Fabello
    signed 2020-10-23 17:03:34 -0400
  • Cathy Harrison
    signed 2020-10-23 15:18:46 -0400
    Proud to support this issue! Electoral reform that strengthens democracy is much needed. Ranked ballots have shown they do that.
  • Emilie Rugard
    signed 2020-10-23 14:59:25 -0400
    This is an attack on Democracy. At confederation women couldn’t vote and neither could men who didn’t own land. The justification is terrible and so is this law. Please support democracy and stop this change.
  • Murray Barrett
    signed 2020-10-23 14:46:45 -0400
  • Nate Charach
    signed 2020-10-23 14:17:22 -0400
  • Michael Holloway
    signed 2020-10-23 13:54:45 -0400
  • Jeff Clayton
    signed 2020-10-23 13:34:04 -0400
    Shame on your sneaky move, Mr. Ford. Figure it out!
  • Luke Murphy
    signed 2020-10-23 13:20:28 -0400
  • Darlene Medhurst
    signed 2020-10-23 13:19:04 -0400
  • Jason Martin
    signed 2020-10-23 13:13:21 -0400
  • Dan McLennan
    signed 2020-10-23 13:09:06 -0400
  • Howard Cole
    @howardcole tweeted link to this page. 2020-10-23 13:04:15 -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=80057
  • Howard Cole
    signed 2020-10-23 13:03:57 -0400
  • Harold Smith
    signed 2020-10-23 12:58:55 -0400
    This ranked ballot revocation was done without notice, consultation or any credible rationale. And in a pandemic! This is reminiscent of your 2018 slashing of Toronto City Council from 47 to 25 members in the middle of an election, cancelling Regional Chair elections in Niagara and York, also without notice or consultation. This action demonstrates hypocrisy (Ford was elected leader via a ranked ballot) and a lack of respect for the public and democracy. Shame on te PC government.