If you cannot point to someone your vote helped to elect, you are far from alone.
Under Yukon’s and Canada’s present majoritarian/first-past-the-post electoral system, your vote only counts in a meaningful way when you vote for the winner of your riding.
Half the votes do not affect who is elected. Democracy can and should be more representative!
For a truly representative democracy, the system needs to make all votes count in a fair way, through proportional representation.
Though all candidates will not be elected, all candidates’ efforts can count in a meaningful way.
Fair Vote Yukon, a regional chapter of Fair Vote Canada, was formed of the previous ad-hoc group Yukon Citizens for Electoral Reform.
We do not currently promote any electoral system in particular, but advocate for an independent and representative citizens’ commission to be established to study the question of electoral reform in the Yukon, and in collaboration with Yukon citizens, make recommendations as to the best consensus-based electoral system for the Yukon.
We would like to see the question of electoral reform be put to referendum before the next election for implementation in the next election.
We are a dynamic, multi-partisan group that wants to see all political parties working together for all Yukoners.
We wish to see adversarial politics be replaced by consensus-based politics; false majorities replaced by proportionally elected coalitions eager to work together for the people.
Interested? There’s a meeting at the Alpine Bakery, upstairs, tonight at 7:30 p.m.
Danielle N. Daffe, president
Fair Vote Yukon