Arleigh Luckett from Fair Vote Canada will be speaking about proportional representation on September 15th from 7:00 - 8:00 PM!
Arleigh Luckett is a member of Fair Vote Canada, but also a Co-chair of All Votes Count, the administrator of Proportional Representation Canada Discussion Group on Facebook, as well as one of the founding members of Climate Action Muskoka and the President of the Parry Sound-Muskoka Green Party of Ontario Constituency Association. Arleigh has a B.A. with Honours in Anthropology from Ohio State University and an M.Ed. in Applied Psychology from OISE. She and her family are stewards of 100 acres classic Muskoka, bush, granite and wetland where she, her daughters and grandchildren still make maple syrup each spring! Though they have had to move into town, she and her partner still grow their own organic vegetables in front yard square foot gardens. Arleigh is also one of the lead gardeners for Gravenhurst Against Poverty.
Arleigh will be touching on:
What is proportional representation and how does it compare to our current electoral system (First Past the Post)
How the environmental record of countries that use proportional representation compare to that of countries that use First Past the Post
How a First Past the Post electoral system puts environmental regulations and climate change legislation at risk
What Fair Vote Canada's position on proportional representation is for Canada
Under our current First Past the Post system, voters elect a single representative in each riding, no matter how diverse the voters in a riding may be. This makes it impossible for all voters in a riding to elect a representative that represents their values and priorities.
Proportional representation is a democratic principle specifying that people should be represented in proportion to how they voted. Meaning the percentage of seats a party has in the legislature should reflect the percentage of people who voted for that party.
This voting system would allow for everyone's vote to actually count, which tends to help topics such as environmental issues. With an election coming up soon, it is important to help our country during this climate crisis - and voting in proportion would be a great step towards that.
Due to the public health recommendations to practice physical distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic, we will be running this event online via Zoom. Registration is required to receive the meeting link.