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We know that we are strongest when we work together. We need to build a national movement for proportional representation so that MPs know Canadians care about making every vote count. 

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With proportional representation we can have fair elections, inclusive governments, and a more collaborative democracy.

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Update: We have more urgent news on voting reform. We’ve just gotten word that MPs on the voting reform committee have to make a decision in the next few days about how to replace first-past-the-post.

The five Liberals on the committee haven’t yet said what system they want. That’s why they need to hear from you today that you want them to keep their word to make every vote count.

 Click here to call one of the five Liberals on the committee today.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau promised to replace our broken first-past-the-post voting system in time for the next election.

Now the Canadian government is studying how to change how we vote, and they are going to make a recommendation by December 1, 2016. We have a once-in-a-generation opportunity to get a fair voting system - but only if we speak up now.

The Vote Better campaign is about bringing people together to speak up in favour of proportional representation.

With a Canadian-made proportional representation system, we can have:

  • Fair elections where every vote counts

  • Inclusive government that is more representative of Canada’s diversity

  • Collaborative democracy that can make real progress on the challenges of our time

There are some in the parties and media who want to keep our broken, outdated and unfair system. If we don’t speak up, we could end up stuck with first-past-the-post. That’s why we need to act now to hold Prime Minister Trudeau to his promise.

Add your voice to the thousands of people who have already called on Prime Minister Trudeau to introduce a proportional representation system for Canada.

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What is Proportional Representation?


40% of the votes = 100% of the power

If you feel like your vote doesn’t count, you’re not alone. Thanks to our current first-past-the-post (FPTP) voting system, the candidate with the highest number of votes wins, even if they have less than 50% of the vote.

Under FPTP, an MP can win their seat with as little as 30% of the popular vote. That means the other 70% of people who voted for other candidates are left unrepresented. 

FPTP means there are millions of wasted votes at each and every election. It also means that parties can win a majority of the seats in Parliament without support from a majority of Canadians.

Proportional Representation

40% of the votes = 40% of the power

Proportional representation (PR) is the principle that all votes should contribute to the result of an election. With PR, the share of seats a party wins would roughly match their share of the popular vote. No more wasted votes. No more false majority governments.

PR would mean fair elections where every vote counts, more diversity in Parliament, and more collaboration between political parties. It’s used by over 90 countries around the world, including places like Germany, New Zealand and Sweden.

The Leadnow community hasn't endorsed a particular type of PR system yet. Two examples of PR systems that are tried and tested in other parts of the world are Mixed-Member Proportional and Single Transferable Vote. Learn more about them here!

Why Now?

We have a once-in-a-generation opportunity to make every vote count.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and the Liberals made a promise in the 2015 election to make every vote count. Now a special all-party committee has been struck to study voting reform. Over the summer, they’ll be consulting with experts and Canadians, and will make a recommendation on how to fix our broken voting system by December 1st.

But there are some in the parties and media who want to keep our broken, outdated and unfair system. If MPs think we aren’t engaged, we could get stuck with another unfair voting system - or even the status quo. But if we come together and build a movement in support of proportional representation, we can hold Prime Minister Trudeau to his promise.

Click here to learn more about the government's consultation process.

Latest News

Keeping the commitment to making every vote count

Over the last week and a half, the Leadnow community responded to what the media called a ‘trial balloon’ from the Prime Minister. Both PM Trudeau and Minister Monsef have said that they aren’t sure they’ve heard strongly that Canadians want these changes, and that they won’t move ahead without ‘broad support’.[2-3]

The Leadnow community thinks that the government should stay strongly committed to this promise - and here’s why

November 1, 2016
Reporting Back on Vote Better: May - October
With the consultation era on voting reform now over, we're looking back at all the things that the Leadnow community accomplished together over the last few months. 
October 18, 2016
Voting Systems Part 4: Rural-Urban Proportional
Over the last few weeks, there has been another system floated by our friends at Fair Vote Canada in response to a similar suggestion by former Chief Electoral Officer Jean-Pierre Kingsley. The model that Fair Vote is proposing is called ‘Rural-Urban Proportional’. This is how it works:
September 28, 2016