Today they have 100% of the power. Yet the majority of Canadian voters now have no say in policies or how we are governed.
In 2008, K-W Conservative MP Peter Braid won his seat with 36.06% of the popular vote. In 2011, he won with 40.85% of the popular vote. The majority of voters chose one of the parties that now form the opposition in Parliament.
This situation exists because our First Past the Post electoral system allows vote splitting between parties. Voters for the Liberals, NDP and Greens share much more in common with each other than they do with the Conservatives. Polling data shows that almost 90% of these voters rated one of the other centre-left parties as their second choice.
The Liberals, NDP and Greens are not interested in a merger, and evidence from the United States suggests a two-party system creates greater divisions--something Canada can ill afford.
Strategic voting - attempting to predict the best candidate to defeat the Conservative in each riding and trying to communicate with large numbers of voters to coordinate their vote - cannot overcome vote-splitting by itself.
If the NDP, Liberals and Greens play the same game of competing against each other in every riding, we are very likely to re-elect the Harper Conservatives in 2015, despite the fact that their anti-democratic agenda is opposed by a clear majority of Canadians.
Cooperate for Canada is a national campaign asking the Liberals, NDP and Greens for a one-time agreement to cooperate before the next federal election, particularly in key ridings in which the Conservative candidate won with less than 50% of the vote, to avoid splitting the vote and commit to passing electoral reform once they form government.
The goal of Cooperate for Canada is to form a majority government which reflects the majority of Canadians. Cooperation would be contingent upon a solid commitment by all three parties to electoral reform, to ensure the percentage of seats a party gets in Parliament more closely matches the percentage of Canadians that voted for them.
Cooperation between the three parties to avoid vote splitting can occur in a number of ways. The goal of this petition is to ask the parties, for the sake of Kitchener-Waterloo voters and Canadians, to start the conversation and negotiate an agreement.