The Liberal, NDP and Green parties all campaigned in 2015 on a promise to make 2015 the last federal election conducted under the First-Past-The-Post electoral system;
Over 11 million voters (62.6% of all voters) voted for one of these three parties, including nearly 7 million Canadians who voted for the Liberal Party of Canada;
An overwhelming majority (88%) of people taking part in the Special Committee on Electoral Reform consultative process expressed support for Proportional Representation;
In MP town halls and throughout the Committee’s consultations Canadians expressed a clear desire for an electoral system that is simple, fair, proportional and maintains local representation;
Single Member Party Proportional (SMPP) is an electoral system that is simple, fair, proportional and retains local representation;
SMPP does not require redrawing electoral boundaries;
SMPP can easily be implemented in time for the 2019 federal election; and
A poll conducted by Environics Research for the Every Voter Counts Alliance in October 2016 found that the majority of Canadians want the Liberal government to keep its promise on electoral reform including 67% of Liberal and NDP voters, 74% of Green Party voters and 40% of Conservative voters.
We, the undersigned, citizens and residents of Canada, call upon the Government of Canada to keep the Liberal Party’s campaign promise on electoral reform and to implement Single Member Party Proportional (SMPP) for the 2019 federal election and, should the government hold a national referendum on electoral reform, to include SMPP as an option on the ballot in such a referendum.
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