June 7, 2016 - Today Ontario passed legislation to give municipalities the option of using ranked ballots in future municipal elections, beginning in 2018.
Enhancing transparency and accountability and allowing more choice in municipal elections is part of the government's economic plan to build Ontario up and deliver on its number-one priority - growing the economy and creating jobs. The four-part plan includes investing in talent and skills, including helping more people get and create the jobs of the future by expanding access to high-quality college and university education. The plan is also making the largest investment in public infrastructure in Ontario's history and investing in a low-carbon economy driven by innovative, high-growth, export-oriented businesses. The plan is also helping working Ontarians achieve a more secure retirement.
“We listened to the calls from voters to ensure that rules for municipal elections reflect the real and evolving needs of our communities. The Municipal Elections Modernization Act clarifies the rules and will allow municipalities to consider the option of using ranked ballots.”
- Ted McMeekin, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing
“Campaign Fairness is pleased to see Ontario pass legislation that bans corporate and union donations to candidates of a municipal election. We are entering a new era in Ontario that will make politics accessible and accountable, level the playing field for all candidates, and restore respect for the political system.”
- Robert Eisenberg, Co-Founder & President Campaign Fairness
“The passing of Bill 181 is an historic moment. For the first time in Ontario’s history, people have access to an alternative to first past the post. RaBIT, Unlock Democracy and other ranked ballot groups are hopeful to see a 2018 municipal election that will achieve majority support for the winner, discourage negative campaigning and reduce strategic voting.”
- Katherine Skene, Ranked Ballot Initiative Toronto
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