Walter Rogers

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Retired. Contributing when & where I can. Thx London for being such a great City. Proud Parent & Grandpa wanting to leave a better community for those behind me

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I'd like to help make Kate Graham the next leader of the Ontario Liberal Party. To do so, I'm running to be one of the 16 delegates elected in London North Centre.

There are three things you can do right now to help Kate become the next Leader of the Ontario Liberal Party.

1. Donate to help cover the travel and accommodation costs of delegates participating in the convention (button is below). Funds raised will be pooled and allocated to delegates to help lower the financial barriers to participating in the convention.

2. Let us know you are supporting Kate! If you are a member of the Ontario Liberal Party, let the campaign know you are supporting Kate.

3. RSVP for the Leadership Election Meeting! If you will be voting in the London North Centre leadership election meeting, let the campaign know you will be attending.

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This campaign is powered by people like you, all across the province. People who care about their communities and who want to see change.

If you are moved by Kate's message of change, you're welcome on Team Kate.

You might be a veteran campaign volunteer, or this might be your first taste of political involvement. Either way, your skills, energy, and time will make a difference. Together, we can elect Kate Graham as the next Leader of the Ontario Liberal Party, and next Premier of Ontario!

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@WalterRogers1 tweeted link to Send a Note to Kate before the Candidate Showcase. 2019-11-26 12:45:55 -0500
Hey @KateMarieGraham, I've got your back! Good luck at the @OntLiberal Candidate Showcase on Thursday. #KateForLeader #olpldr #onpoli https://www.kateforleader.ca/send_a_note?recruiter_id=70

Send a note to Kate before the Candidate Showcase

Before the Ontario Liberal Party's Leadership Candidate Showcase on Thursday, we're sending Kate notes of encouragement to read on the campaign trail. Please send your note to Kate as soon as you can!

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@WalterRogers1 tweeted link to Citizens' Assembly on Electoral Reform. 2019-11-20 20:58:03 -0500
Let's get partisan interests out of how we reform our electoral system. #olpldr candidate @katemariegraham wants to empower a citizens' assembly of Ontarians to deliberate and decide what our electoral system should be. Show your support at https://www.kateforleader.ca/electoral_reform?recruiter_id=70

Empowered Citizens' Assembly on Electoral Reform

Part of overall well-being is believing that political participation matters. When I listen to Ontarians about how they would like to make our democracy better, how we elect our Members of Provincial Parliament comes up — a lot.

They feel forced to vote for a party candidate that isn't their favourite, in order to avoid splitting the vote.

Advocates like Dave Meslin and the folks at Fair Vote Canada argue for proportional representation at the provincial level. Others prefer tweaking the current system by switching to ranked ballots. Still others believe there are virtues to our first-past-the-post electoral system.

Electoral reform isn’t a new idea, and it has proven hard to achieve in North America. But it is possible.

My own city of London tried something new in its 2018 election: it became the only municipality to opt for ranked ballots because of the efforts of grassroots campaigns. All 444 municipalities had the choice, thanks to the reform enacted by the Liberal government (thank you to champions Ted McMeekin and Lou Rinaldi!). Now other cities like Kingston and Cambridge are moving forward with ranked ballots for the next election cycle.

Thirteen years ago, an assembly of Ontarians, 52 men and 52 women, came together over an eight-month period to learn and deliberate on electoral reform. The assembly eventually recommended that Ontario change its electoral system to mixed-member proportional, which was put to voters in a referendum in 2007. Although the referendum failed, for a variety of reasons, it received support from more than 1.5 million Ontarians. Today, many people are still asking for change.

To do this right, we need to empower citizens to decide the future of our electoral system.

We have to trust in the decision-making ability of a group of Ontarians to deliberate and decide.

On something so fundamental to our politics as the way that we elect representatives, I believe an empowered citizens’ assembly, with a binding recommendation that would be implemented, is the best path forward.

An empowered citizens’ assembly has been endorsed by the following groups and individuals who advocate for electoral reform:

“That there are serious problems with our first-past-the-post electoral system is widely accepted but questions arise about what citizens would prefer instead. An empowered citizens’ assembly would be the perfect way for citizens to develop an in-depth understanding of the issues and arrive at consensus-based recommendations free of partisan interference and considerations. Empowering citizens through a binding citizens’ assembly is exactly what we need to break the logjam and fix our democracy.”
Fair Vote Canada

“Electoral reform - and proportional representation specifically - continues to be Leadnow's priority issue with respect to evolving our democracy. A fair voting system results in greater democratic representation that is much more reflective of the diversity of voters. No surprise, then, that it also results in governments that deliver more sustainable policies that measurably improve quality of life, where two-party systems under first-past-the-post suffer from the policy lurch of ruling parties undoing the progress of a previous government. Leadnow is happy to see a leadership contender for the Liberal Party of Ontario bring this issue to the fore.”
Leadnow

A citizens assembly on electoral reform is a meaningful and significant way to give Canadians a say in how their democracy works. We support such an assembly not only to improve our electoral system and strengthen our democracy, but to begin returning power to its rightful place: the people.
North 99

"Reforming our voting system is critical to building faith and confidence in our political system.  Kate Graham is on the right track, taking this important task out of the hands of politicians and handing it over to a neutral, randomly-selected, group of ordinary citizens."
Dave Meslin, author of Teardown: Rebuilding Democracy from the Ground Up

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If you believe it’s time for an empowered citizens’ assembly on electoral reform in Ontario, one that will be able to make a binding recommendation, please sign this petition and share it widely with your friends.

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Join Team Kate

Becoming a member of the Ontario Liberal Party gives you a voice and a vote to elect Kate Graham as the next leader of the party.

The deadline for becoming a member is 5 pm on 2 December. Only people who join the party before then will be able to vote in the leadership.

Membership is open to all residents of Ontario who are 14 years of age or older.

To become a member, visit https://ontarioliberal.ca/become-a-member/?pcd=leadership-78272

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Become a Delegate Candidate for Kate

If you believe in Kate's vision for Ontario and revitalizing the Ontario Liberal Party, we want you to be a delegate for Kate!

What is a delegate?

Liberal Party members will elect delegates in each riding association, student club, and women’s club during Leadership Election Meetings on February 8th and 9th. Those elected will attend and vote to select the next leader at the convention on March 6-7, 2020 in Mississauga.

How do I become a delegate?
Fill out the form on this page and a member of Kate’s team will reach out to you shortly about next steps.

If you have questions, please email delegate@votekate.ca or call 226-667-5228 ext. 105.

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