Our Charter guarantees us effective representation, but the Prime Minister reneged on changing our discriminatory voting system. Pledge your support to take the government to court!
The Charter guarantees our right to vote and our right to equal treatment.
Justice McLachlin ruled that our right to vote means that we have to be effectively represented:
“Each citizen is entitled to be represented in government. Representation comprehends the idea of having a voice in the deliberations of government”. Justice Beverly McLachlin
That’s each of us, not just some of us.
The court has also said that voters should be treated equally, but when only half of us have an MP we support, the system is discriminatory and excludes our voices.
Constitutional lawyers have advised us that we have a worthwhile case to make against our current voting system on these grounds.
Now that the Prime Minister has slammed the electoral reform door shut, launching a Charter challenge is the best path to winning justice and securing our rights.
Our goals in launching a Charter challenge are to have the court:
1. Rule that our current voting system contravenes the Charter
2. Order the government to adopt a voting system that complies with the Charter
A Charter challenge has four main steps:
1. Preparing the initial filing
2. The first hearing
3. The first appeal
4. A final appeal to the Supreme Court
Before we launch, we need to have pledges up front to cover $260,000 for the hearings, plus a guarantee of $100,000 to indemnify our plaintiffs ($360,000 total).
Our Strategy – “Pledge Now, Pay Later”
Once we hit our pledge target of $360,000, we’ll claim your pledges and launch the court action.
What We Need and When
We need your pledges now, but will claim them later as needed:
1. Initial filing – ~$10,000 in spring 2017
2. First hearing – ~$50,000 in spring/summer 2017
3. First appeal – ~$100,000 in fall 2017
4. Appeal to Supreme Court – ~$100,000 in spring 2018
5. Guarantee to indemnify plaintiffs – ~$100,000 in summer 2018, if needed*
* We believe it is unlikely that the court will impose costs, but we have to cover the risk to our plaintiffs.
We’re now at $108,921/$360,000 from 587 donors as of Feb 25 (updated regularly)!
Making a Pledge
The button below will take you to a form where we will ask you to provide your pledge information. We will NOT take any payments or financial information at this time, but we will count on your commitment when we launch the challenge.