Carleton Fair Vote Club

Stop Wasting Your Votes

Ever feel your vote doesn't count? For most of us, it doesn't. Each election, over six million votes are wasted - they don't go towards electing anybody! It's no wonder voter turnout rates - especially amongst students - reach new lows every election. But it gets much, much worse: check out the seven ways our electoral system is actually pulling our country apart.

:: posted 01/Oct/2006

We Have the Solution
Our current voting system actually evolved hundreds of years ago in Britain, when it suited the politics of the time. Canada is one of the last few western democracies still using a Westminister-style "first past the post" system to choose its government. Not surprisingly most modern countries have abandonded this antiquated system and today use something much more fair: one form of proportional representation or another. Old, descriminatory systems were replaced in most countries by motivated & concerned citizens, and it can happen in Canada too. Here's what you can do for a fairer system today.
:: posted 02/Oct/2006

Electoral Reform Panel Debate
Nov 16th, Carleton campus
Carleton is the first university in the country to have a student Fair Vote Club. We're educating people about the problems inherent in our electoral system, and the solutions. To that end we've convened a public Panel Discussion on Electoral Reform to help us all consider our options. This discussion couldn't happen at a more important time: Ontario is likely to have a referendum on the issue within a year, a federal election is likely to be called within this time, and every year our country slips farther into the regionalism morass that will eventualy destroy it. Find out more about this free & open discussion.

:: posted 06/Oct/2006