Democratic or dysfunctional: Which is our democracy?

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KAMLOOPS - Did you know that 50 per cent of Canadians who bother to vote could just choose to stay home on election day, without changing the outcome of the election? That’s right — only about half of our ballots actually help to elect someone, compared with 97 per cent in countries that use proportional representation. That’s just one of the problems with our current electoral system. Canada is among one of the few developed countries in the world still using the First Past the Post system — is it time we joined the modern era?

Fair Vote Canada thinks so, as does Kamloops 350, whose members have organized an information evening devoted to the topic of electoral reform. Gisela Ruckert will give an empowering presentation comparing our system with others used around the world, and describing what would be involved in updating it to some form of proportional representation.

Following this non-partisan presentation, local MP candidates will describe their party’s position on the issue. Matt Greenwood (Green), Steve Powrie (Liberal) and Bill Sundhu (NDP) have committed to participating; incumbent MP Cathy McLeod, Conservative, declined the invitation. The evening will wrap up with a question and answer period.

Date: Tuesday, July 28
Time: 7 p.m. (doors open at 6:30 p.m.)
Place: TRU Alumni (Clocktower) Theatre

Admission is free, although donations will be gratefully accepted.

Fair Vote Canada is a multi-partisan grassroots citizens' campaign for voting system reform that promotes the introduction of an element of proportional representation into elections for all levels of government and civil society. For more information on Fair Vote Canada, visit

Kamloops 350 would like to acknowledge our sponsors for this event: Kamloops & District Labour Council, Thompson Rivers University Faculty Association, the Council of Canadians, and the Centre for Rational Thought.

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