This week’s Ontario election results show how a minority of voters can elect a powerful majority government. Doug Ford’s progressive conservatives earned just 40% of the vote, but now hold 61% of the seats in the Ontario legislature.
Meanwhile, the majority of Ontarians cast ballots for a candidate that won’t sit in the next legislature and voted for a party that will not be part of the government.
Democratic rights are human rights
Democratic rights are human rights, and when a majority of citizens don’t have a voice in government, their rights aren’t being respected. When elected governments don’t act to protect democratic rights, we must rely on the courts to intervene.
Last year, Fair Voting BC and Springtide began fundraising to take the fight for a fair electoral system to Canadian courts. We’ve raised close to $45,000 so far, but we still need your support to take this case to the Supreme Court.
The Supreme Court of Canada has made it clear in previous decisions that each Canadian has the right to ‘effective representation’. As former Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin put it, representation means ‘the idea of having a voice in the deliberations of government.’ In the eyes of the Court, that’s a right that each of us has, not just some of us.
What we're asking the Court
The Charter Challenge for Fair Voting is a legal challenge with two goals:
1) To have the Supreme Court rule that our current voting system contravenes the Charter
2) To have the Supreme Court order the Government of Canada to adopt a voting system that complies with the Charter, something we believe can only be achieved through proportional representation.
A precedent setting opportunity
The case will seek a ruling against the federal electoral system. If the court rules in our favour, it will set a legal precedent for electoral fairness in federal and provincial elections across Canada, including Ontario.
The case is by no means a slam dunk, but we believe that it’s a fight worth fighting.
If you agree, we hope you'll make a donation today.
Donations are tax-deductible
PS: Since Springtide is a registered charity, every donation of $25 or more is eligible for a charitable tax receipt. Support the case today. Depending on how much you give, and what province you live in, you can receive as much as 50% of the value of your donation back when you file your taxes next year.
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