I have been speaking to local high schools in the Ottawa area since 2016 about my experience in, and the importance of politics. This includes electoral reform. On the whole I feel the next generation of voters see that proportional representation makes sense and makes more votes count.
Electoral reform is a priority of mine and I think it’s the first issue we Greens need to address. Every issue we face today—including environmental regulations, jobs and handling the COVID-19 pandemic—could be handled justly and equitably by a more representative parliament; one that reflects all Canadians.
Having said that, as leader I will get the Green Party elected under first-past-the-post (see my “Vision” tab). Then it will be the Green Party that will have the integrity to change our electoral system to better represent all voters.
I became a major advocate of proportional representation after being a Green candidate in the 2015 federal election. I ran in the riding of Kanata—Carleton which was one of the ridings targeted by Leadnow for strategic voting. I experienced its impact firsthand at the door in the final weeks of the campaign. I met so many people who said they knew me and wanted to vote for me/the Green Party, but wouldn’t because they felt they had to vote strategically. People should feel they are able to vote for whoever they want, and not for the lesser of two evils.
Andrew speaking as a representative of the Green Party on Parliament Hill in February 2017, at a rally of disappointed voters after the Liberal government broke their electoral reform promise.