Ontario Government Moves to Scrap Ranked Ballots for 2022

We’re in the middle of a global pandemic, local economies teeter on the brink, and there are sweeping demands for social justice reforms, so naturally, the Ontario government has decided that now is not the time for change. If you were hoping that Guelph, or other Ontario municipalities, might be able to vote with Single-Transferable Vote (STV), or Ranked Ballots, in the 2022 municipal elections, get a new hope. Continue reading “Ontario Government Moves to Scrap Ranked Ballots for 2022”

GUELPH POLITICAST #181 – Kevin Bowman, 123 Guelph

London has done it. Cambridge and Kingston might do it. But how about Guelph? How about the other 440 cities, towns and villages in the Province of Ontario? Because they can do it if they want thanks to the last provincial government! Get your mind out of the gutter because the “it” we’re talking about is ranked ballots for municipal elections. Continue reading “GUELPH POLITICAST #181 – Kevin Bowman, 123 Guelph”

Majority of London Voters Took Advantage of Ranked Ballots in 2018

London was the only Ontario municipality to take advantage of the opportunity to use ranked ballots, or Single Transferable Vote (STV) in last fall’s Municipal Elections. In a report to the Corporate Services Committee, London’s City Clerk Cathy Saunders notes that of the people that voted in the Forest City last October, the overwhelming majority took advantage of the opportunity to rank their options. Continue reading “Majority of London Voters Took Advantage of Ranked Ballots in 2018”

Ranked Ballot Initiative Launching in Guelph

After last fall’s round of municipal elections in Ontario, Premier Kathleen Wynne promised to look into the idea of incorporating ranked ballots into the process for the 2018 vote. The idea generated a lot of interest, most prominently from Toronto Mayor John Tory, who recently pressed Wynne to move forward with legislation to approve a new ranked ballot system for Canada’s biggest city. Never one to shy away from progressive thinking and new ideas, concerned Guelphites are now jumping on to the debate and are looking to make ranked ballots a reality for the Royal City in 2018. Continue reading “Ranked Ballot Initiative Launching in Guelph”