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.