Tuesday, September 11, 2007

YWCA Canada Endorses MMP

This is good news for electoral reform.

YWCA Canada urges Ontarians to choose proportional representation in referendum

Canada's largest multi-service women's organization urges Ontarians to choose proportional representation in upcoming electoral reform referendum. Leader says a Mixed Member Proportional (MMP) system will help more equitable representation of women in provincial legislature.

Ontario voters go to the polls a month from today to choose a new provincial government. When they cast their ballots on October the 10th, they will also be asked whether they want to keep the current electoral process or adopt a Mixed Member Proportional system.

YWCA Canada is partnering with Equal Voice (an organization dedicated to increasing the number of women politicians) to support the MMP system. Under this new system, 90 of the seats in the Legislature would be elected in ridings as is currently the case, while an additional 39 would be elected by Proportional Representation (PR).

[H/T, Liberals for MMP]


Mark Dowling said...

Are YWCA-C a large organisation? I don't recall seeing them take a stand on a political issue in recent times.

Jim (Progressive Right) said...

According to their website, YWCA Canada remains the largest women's multi-service organization in the country with 36 Member Associations providing essential programs and services to 1 million women, teen girls, and their families every year in 200 communities across Canada.

In addition, the YWCA is very much politically involved.