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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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  • 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.
  • Jonathan Leung
    signed 2020-10-23 12:58:17 -0400
    I am very disappointed at the inclusion of this matter concerning our democratic institution in a covid related bill. The two topics are totally unrelated.
  • Maria Kerby
    signed 2020-10-23 12:52:33 -0400
  • Gavin O'Hara
    signed 2020-10-23 12:51:02 -0400
  • Christine Bruce
    signed 2020-10-23 12:49:34 -0400
  • Joel Jackson
    signed 2020-10-23 12:37:59 -0400
    Banning any kind of electoral reform is undemocratic… but banning the most democratic electoral system is the most undemocratic.
  • Elizabeth Hunt
    signed 2020-10-23 11:53:11 -0400
    Interfering with democratic municipalities has nothing to do with pandemic recovery and shouldn’t be snuck into recovery legislation.

    Ranked ballots are more democratic and allow municipal governments to better represent the people living there.
  • Grant Penton
    signed 2020-10-23 11:32:24 -0400
  • Michael Mouritsen
    signed 2020-10-23 11:26:24 -0400
  • Geoffrey Allen
    signed 2020-10-23 11:24:43 -0400
    No justification for this
  • Steve Iscoe
    signed 2020-10-23 11:20:54 -0400
  • Ben Chan
    signed 2020-10-23 11:16:54 -0400
  • Jim Kogelheide
    signed 2020-10-23 11:08:40 -0400
    Every community has the right to conduct elections as they see fit! It is undemocratic to take that freedom away!
  • Murray Lightman
    signed 2020-10-23 10:19:05 -0400
    Removing the option of ranked bsllots is an affront to democracy.
  • Rob Wolvin
    signed 2020-10-23 10:05:14 -0400
  • Harout Manougian
    signed 2020-10-23 10:04:46 -0400
  • Stefan Powell
    signed 2020-10-23 10:01:01 -0400
  • Logan Murray
    signed 2020-10-23 09:52:26 -0400
    This is outrageous. To squash a democratic decision voted on by the citizens of Kingston as though it were an inconvenient gnat is deplorable. When did Ontario become a dictatorship? Hands off our Democracy, Ford!
  • Matt Worona
    @mattworona tweeted link to this page. 2020-10-23 09:44:54 -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=80021
  • taras worona
    signed 2020-10-23 09:44:30 -0400
    please rescind this motion fromthe bill it is an attach=k on local democracy. What is the real problem you are trying to fix?
  • Diana Hooper
    signed 2020-10-23 09:33:45 -0400
    Wonder what Ford’s afraid of. He’s reverting to his old authoritative, meddling self and should be ashamed of himself
  • Dylan Roberts
    signed 2020-10-23 09:28:01 -0400
  • Glenn Ross
    signed 2020-10-23 09:12:33 -0400
    Restore the rights of municipal councils. Remove balloting control from the unrelated “Supporting Ontario’s Recovery Act, 2020.”
  • Jonathan Gross
    signed 2020-10-23 09:11:38 -0400
  • Deborah Chalmers
    signed 2020-10-23 09:09:12 -0400
  • Christopher Zabaneh
    signed 2020-10-23 09:01:27 -0400
  • Meli Limani
    signed 2020-10-23 08:55:25 -0400