21 December 2017 – Edmonton, AB
The past 12 months will go down as a year of broken promises and disappointment for the millions of Canadians underserved by our voting system. From the beginning, Justin Trudeau’s government established a flawed process based on half-hearted promises of change for the better. Nonetheless, Canadians from coast to coast to coast highlighted a dire need to abandon the antiquated first-past-the-post system in favour of a fairer, more proportional system.
Alas, it was not to be. In February, the government broke its promise to replace the broken system that had given it a false majority. It takes courage for power to relinquish power. We did not see this in 2017.
Fair Vote Edmonton is hopeful for 2018 and beyond. We will not allow our voting system to simply carry on without fairness, effective votes and proportionality. These shortfalls are the qualities of something less than a democracy.
We have reason to be optimistic. Our friends in British Columbia are undertaking their own process for reform, hopefully culminating in positive results in 2018. This also provides us an opportunity to shed light on the subject for all political parties here n Alberta. Through hard work and perseverance, we can make electoral reform and proportional representation key election issues in 2019.
For this to occur, we need your help. Change requires a sustained, focused effort by those who believe in the cause. We call on all our supporters to get involved through a myriad of ways, which you can find on our website: fairvoteedmonton.ca.
From all of us at Fair Vote Edmonton, we wish you happy holidays and a wonderful new year ahead.