January 8, 2015
London Public Library
167 Wortley Rd.
Martha Bishop Room
DEMOCRACY IN CANADA:
FAIR ELECTIONS AND ELECTORAL REFORM
Our focus from January through March will be on election issues. The Jan. 8th meeting will feature presentations from LeadNow and from Fair Vote Canada, followed by Q & A with the audience. Bring your election questions for these expert speakers and expect a lively, informative event. Donations are welcome.
6:30 Coffee, tea, snacks (bring something to share) and social
7:00 Business, reports and announcements
7:15 Speakers: Lorna Cairns, LeadNow and German Gutierrez, Fair Vote Canada
FRAGRANCE FREE EVENT! Please be respectful of attendees who have serious allergies! All are welcome! Free! Refreshments! Donations accepted gratefully!
Roberta 519-601-2053 (Questions, bus routes, ride pool).
Lorna Cairns, LeadNow:
Leadnow.ca is an independent advocacy organization dedicated to achieving progress through democracy. They bring Canadians together to build a stronger democracy that protects our environment, creates economic opportunity, increases equality, and guarantees universal health care.
1.) Leadnow supporters across Canada had indicated that defeating Harper in 2015 is the highest priority.
2.) Leadnow sent in one of their full time staffers to facilitate a meeting to introduce the Leadnow voting strategy to Londoners on December 8. The meeting was a great success and the rest will be history!
German Gutierrez, Fair Vote Canada:
From the website:
“Fair Vote Canada (FVC) is a grassroots multi-partisan citizens’ campaign for voting system reform. We promote the introduction of an element of proportional representation into elections for all levels of government and throughout civil society.”
As a local representative for Fair Vote Canada, German Gutierrez-Sanin will be speaking on proportional representation. German is a journalist; a member of the Inter-American Press Association; a Professor at Fanshawe College – School of Language and Liberal Studies; a social activist and former NDP candidate in the Riding of London North Centre for the 2011 Federal Election. He currently sits as a member of the Central Council of the London and Middlesex Local Immigration Partnership (LMLIP) of which he has been a member since its creation in 2010.
Minutes of our last monthly business meeting:
(Our last monthly meeting on Nov. 6 had no business component. Our AGM was held on Nov. 28.)