Canada’s voting system is broken. It’s time to fix it.

How to get the best from a bad survey

The report from the federal government's Special Committee on Electoral Reform has been released. It seems destined only to delay the process of electoral reform by calling for a referendum on a new proportional representation voting system, yet to be designed.

With the report out, the next phase begins with the federal government sending a  postcard urging every voter to take part in an online survey. You may have already received one.

Unifor's position is that this survey is deeply flawed, but please don't ignore it. The survey at times confusing, asks leading questions, makes questionable assumptions and is even repetitive. Oh, and did we mention it is due December 31! The survey never even asks if people want a proportional representative, a voting system that assigns seats in Parliament in line with their popular vote.

As tempting as it would be to dismiss the survey because of its great flaws, we cannot allow the federal government to claim that a low turnout means people don't care about electoral reform.

Take a few minutes to fill out the survey. Let's show the federal government that we want proportional representation.

To help you complete the survey, Unifor has condensed an analysis provided by our allies at Fair Vote Canada. When you fill out the survey, use this summary to show the federal government you want proportional representation. To see how Fair Vote Canada came up with these recommendations, click here.

Here is another quick action that you can do in two minutes. send a clear message to the Prime Minister to keep his promise.

Take the postcard you would have received in the mail and write a note on the back it to tell Prime Minister Justin Trudeau it do the right thing and keep his promise on proportional representation. Once you have written your note mail it back (no postage required) to:

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau
House of Commons
Ottawa, Ontario
K1A 0A6
Before you mail it, take a photo and post it to Twitter and/or Facebook, with the hashtag #ERRE. Then, tell your friends and family to do the same. The deadline to fill in the survey is December 30.

Need more info on electoral reform? Keep reading!

Under Canada’s current voting system of First-Past-the-Post, every vote is not represented and consequently many people are choosing to not participate. The largest demographic of those not participating in elections include young people, women, people of colour and Aboriginal people. The voices and needs of equity-seeking groups are vital to a strong democratic government.

The House of Commons struck the Special Committee on Electoral Reform with the task of leading a national consultation process on Canadian federal electoral reform. Hearings were held in the summer and fall of 2016 across Canada

Unifor National President Jerry Dias made Unifor's case to the Committee on October 25, 2016. Our President also presented a copy of the resolution on electoral reform, passed unanimously at our National Convention, a report on Unifor consultations with members on the issue, and a letter  outlining our position. The presentation capped weeks of Unifor activists making presentations to the committee as it crossed the country.

It’s time for fair, inclusive and collaborative democracy. Below is an overview of what Unifor is asking for.

Unifor is calling for a fair election system where every vote counts. The union wants the federal government to adopt a proportional representation model (frequently called PR). Proportional representation would create a government that more accurately reflects the will of Canadians.

Electoral reform is an issue that you and every trade unionist should be concerned about. This campaign is about advocating on behalf of our rights. It is about fairness, equity and strengthen our democratic rights – a principle that our union bargains and fights for.

To make long-standing change in our communities, we need a new voting system where every vote counts. Close to half of the eligible voters do not vote because they feel that their vote doesn’t count. We must demand a new voting system where every voice can be heard.