On June 3, 2015, Cooper Institute took the initiative to form a coalition supporting proportional representation in PEI. The work began with three people which led the formation of small diverse group to act as an organizing committee (now 17 people) known as the Proportional Representation Reference Group. The Reference Group has held 28 organizational meetings to-date.
The first major step was the formation of the PEI Coalition for Proportional Representation on September 9, 2016. The Coalition consists of 13 community-based organizations and over 100 individuals.
PR Reference Group organized five participatory workshops over the past year and participated in all the consultations/presentation of the Special Committee on Democratic Renewal and engaged in communications with Special Committee on particular issues.
In November of 2015, Proportional Representation was the topic of Cooper Institute's second annual Social Justice Symposium. You can read the report, including the presentation by guest speaker Mark Greenan, here.
The Reference Group has had excellent media coverage on approximately 16 different occasions, including one media conference. Social media was established and is active at https://peipr. The Group published a brochure outlining the purpose and functioning of the PEI Coalition for Proportional Representation, put together a number of short videos on PR.
In April, 2016 the PEI Action Team organized, became a member of the Coalition, designed a campaign, and initiated a number of community events.
August 2016 Update: PEI Coalition for Proportional RepresentationAugust 8, 2016 - The Coalition is reorganizing to make good use of our time and energy in the remaining weeks before the Plebiscite.
Things you might like to know:
Dates of Plebiscite:
Friday, October 29, 2016 at noon to Monday, November 7 at 7:00 pm
Methods of Voting:
On-line and telephone voting every day;
In-person voting on Friday, November 4, 4:00 pm to 9:00 pm and
Saturday, November 5, 10:00 am to 8:00 pm.
Who can Vote:
Canadian citizens who on or before November 7, 2016, have lived in PEI for at least six months immediately preceding November 7, 2016 and who are at least 16 years of age on or before November 7, 2016.
Where to vote:
From your computer or phone
In-person voting can be at any poll across the Island (one poll in each
Electoral District, at a designated school).
What to vote for:
Of course the Coalition is campaigning for people to vote for the Proportional Representation (PR) options, Dual Member Proportional Representation-DMP and Mixed Member Proportional Representation-MMP). The Coalition is not favouring one over the other, but is promoting BOTH models of PR.
How to vote for PR:
The Coalition, but is encouraging voters to rank the two proportional systems on the ballot as 1 & 2. And then mark the other three as 3, 4, & 5.
Given the method of calculating the plebiscite results, if enough people do that (regardless of which one is marked as 1 or which is marked as 2), there will be a higher possibility of ending up with proportional
Campaign in place:
- to get a high percentage (at least 60%) of people to vote
- to convince the majority of them to vote 1 & 2 for PR.
What we need:
- many, many people across the Island getting a buzz for PR going in
their families, organizations, communities, electoral districts
- volunteers in every district to deliver PR information door-to door
- lots of media
- funds to cover education and campaign expenses.
For more information: https://peipr.ca/
Elections PEI: www.yourchoicepei.ca