Charter Challenge seeks Supreme Court ruling against first-past-the-post voting system

For Immediate Release: June 6 2017 

Last week, a majority of Members of Parliament voted to reject the recommendation of the Commons’ own Special Committee on Electoral Reform to develop a proportional voting system for Canada.

Today, a pair of non-profit organizations from opposite ends of the country are joining forces to file a Charter Challenge asserting that Canada’s discriminatory first-past-the-post voting system violates section three of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

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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.

- We intend to file the case in a provincial court in the fall of 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 we file, 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, if the Court chooses to grant this case leave, it will be heard in the Supreme Court of Canada, where the decision will be final. If the case isn’t granted leave, the decision of the appeal court is 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.