July Update: Charter Challenge for Fair Voting

At the time of writing, 426 Canadians have donated $42,998 to bring this case to court! 

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Where we're at

When we began calling in pledges, we had received over $140,000 in pledges, including $57,000 designated for the first two fundraising stages, which we were asking all pledgers to contribute in June (the $140K pledged covers pledges for all stages of the case). 

The amount we’ve collected to date is over three-quarters of the total amount pledged for this stage of the process, and just over half the goal we set for this stage. Obviously, we’d hoped to be closer to that fundraising goal at this point, but we are encouraged by your support and remain committed to ensuring this case gets to court.

Here’s how we’ll move ahead:

- We’ll be reaching out to like-minded organizations and electoral reform allies across Canada to request their support and to encourage their members and networks to support the case.

- We’re exploring options that will reduce the overall costs of filing the case (e.g. finding experts willing to provide pro-bono testimony, etc.) 

- We'll be continuing our efforts in social media and traditional media to get the word about the case to everyday Canadians who support electoral reform. If you haven't donated yet, you can make your tax-deductible donation here

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Current Status:

- In early August of 2019, we raised enough support ($70,000) to cover the costs of preparing a court application and securing expert testimony for our case.

- The case is being filed with the Ontario Superior Court of Justice on October 9th, 2019
 

How you can help

The main way you can help is to support the case financially. We need to raise another $150,000 to cover the costs associated with arguing the case at two levels of provincial court, and to file an application for leave with the Supreme Court of Canada. You can make a tax-deductible donation here.


What to expect

- Once filed, the case will be heard in a provincial court.

- Following an initial decision, there will be an appeal heard in another court. If the initial decision is in our favour, the Government of Canada will likely appeal it. If the decision is not in our favour, we will appeal it.

- Finally, the case may be heard by the Supreme Court. If the decision of the appeal court is in our favour, we suspect the Government will request leave from the Supreme Court. If the decision of the appeal court is in the government's favour, we will request leave from the Supreme Court to hear the case. If the case is heard in the Supreme Court of Canada, the decision will be final. If the case isn’t granted leave to be heard in the Supreme Court, the decision of the appeal court will be final.


Time and Money

We estimate the total costs for arguing and overseeing this case to be in the range of $300,000 - $350,000, spread out over the course of 2 - 4 years.

At each step, we will set a goal based on our estimate of the costs at each stage, and ask supporters to contribute to help us reach that goal, and to ensure the case can continue to move forward.