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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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  • Norma Kagesheongai
    signed 2020-10-22 11:57:01 -0400
  • Miranda Folsom
    signed 2020-10-22 11:55:27 -0400
  • Laura Pizzale
    signed 2020-10-22 11:47:19 -0400
  • Andrea McGilvray
    signed via 2020-10-22 11:46:15 -0400
  • Emily Ambrogio
    signed 2020-10-22 11:40:29 -0400
  • Ann Miller
    signed via 2020-10-22 11:39:28 -0400
    It is time that the Ontario PC’s accepted that the first past the post voting is outdated
  • Donna Patterson
    signed 2020-10-22 11:37:19 -0400
    London Ontario has already used ranked ballots in their municipal election. It was very successful. Taking this option away from all cities in Ontario is taking real democracy away from all cities. This is outrageous. Each city should be able to decide on their own.
  • Tara Kainer
    signed 2020-10-22 11:35:41 -0400
  • Danielle Hall
    signed 2020-10-22 11:25:03 -0400
  • Liane Tackaberry
    signed 2020-10-22 11:24:30 -0400
  • Fiona Charles
    signed 2020-10-22 11:22:31 -0400
  • Robert McAuley
    signed 2020-10-22 11:19:59 -0400
  • Simon Goodwin
    signed 2020-10-22 11:18:47 -0400
  • Tanya Ullyatt
    signed 2020-10-22 11:09:44 -0400
  • Robert Jacob
    signed 2020-10-22 11:05:59 -0400
  • Laszlo Vajda
    signed 2020-10-22 11:02:13 -0400
  • Dawn Buie
    signed 2020-10-22 10:53:42 -0400
  • Wendy Richards
    signed 2020-10-22 10:49:28 -0400
  • Tony Kramberger
    signed 2020-10-22 10:37:20 -0400
  • Rodney Merchant
    signed 2020-10-22 10:29:44 -0400
    This is an underhanded move to stifle voting reform and improving the democratic process at the local level.
  • John Vareka
    signed via 2020-10-22 10:21:38 -0400
    I am supportive of ranked balloting . I see it as a great way to allow a person to vote for who they believe in without the fear of throwing their vote away. It removes the need to vote strategically and made me proud that it was implemented in London. I hope it stays.
  • Mary Ann Hodge
    signed 2020-10-22 10:18:39 -0400
    Doug Ford says it is “too complicated”! Yet the Conservative party uses it internally. He says “we have used FPTP since 1867”. Back then women we not allowed to vote-does he want that back too?
  • Amelia Hartung
    signed 2020-10-22 10:15:03 -0400
  • David Le Sauvage
    signed 2020-10-22 10:12:42 -0400
    I am disgusted by this blatant attack on democracy. It’s clear the Ford Conservatives are studying tactics from south of the border to discourage diversity in municipal politics at a time when we need more diverse viewpoints not fewer. This is simply another form of voter suppression. If your (diversity) candidate has no chance of winning, why vote at all and diverse candidates will be less likely to run. Ranked ballots and proportional representation provincially (as well as municipally) would make this kind of cynical politics less likely because the views of more Ontarians would have to be respected. Majority governments like Ford’s can make antidemocratic laws with impunity despite receiving only 40 percent of the vote because of our antiquated first past the post system. That means 60% of Ontario voters didn’t vote Conservative in the last provincial election. That’s exactly why the current system must be reformed and ranked ballots or proportional representation should be promoted everywhere, not just municipally. This regressive move must be rejected soundly by Ontarians.
  • Sarah Chisholm
    signed 2020-10-22 10:08:34 -0400
  • Fred Levitt
    signed 2020-10-22 10:02:08 -0400
  • Eric Savory
    signed 2020-10-22 10:00:13 -0400
    “First past the post” voting systems mean that the majority of the votes and the people who cast them are simply ignored in elections. I was delighted to see London being progressive in introducing ranked ballots for the last Local election and we should be vocal in protecting this improvement in the democratic process. A government that says democracy is too expensive has no right to govern.
  • Barbara OBrien
    signed 2020-10-22 09:55:12 -0400
  • Steve Reitz
    signed 2020-10-22 09:46:16 -0400
  • Daniel Spinner
    signed 2020-10-22 09:44:57 -0400