UPDATE (April 11) • Good news, in regards to this story. The National Council of Fair Vote Canada has voted to reinstate Desmond Cole and Katherine Skene on the Toronto Chapter Executive. Also, they have accepted the nominations (previously rejected) for National Council, for Sarah Lambert, Gautam Lamba, and others.
There is also now a comprehensive agreement in place that allows both RaBIT and Fair Vote to work collaboratively. (Details to come shortly…)
I want to personally thank Jim Harris who has been working tirelessly to forge a consensus and encourage a healthy dialogue and required compromise on all sides. He is truly a master of mediation.
As someone who is a committed volunteer for both RaBIT and Fair Vote, I’m thrilled to see everyone on the same page. Thanks Jim, and also thanks to our Executive Director, Wayne Smith. And thanks to all members of National Council who supported this positive step forward.
Now, let’s get to work. If you support proportional representation, and you’re not a member of Fair Vote… join today! It’s only $10:
A couple of weeks ago, three members of Fair Vote Canada were expelled from their elected positions on the Toronto Chapter Executive (myself, Desmond Cole and Katherine Skene). One week later, three members were told that their nominations for the Fair Vote National Council had been rejected (Sarah Lambert, Gautam Lamba and Katherine) – simply because they had volunteered with an external group.
I’ve been involved with community organising for 15 years. I’ve volunteered for dozens of groups in Toronto, I’ve been employed by about 15 non-profits, I’ve served as a Director on boards such as the Mayworks Arts Festival, and I’ve been a member of two political parties. I’ve seen my share of conflict. But in all that time, I can say that I’ve never experienced this kind of exclusionary, top-down, anti-democratic behaviour. It’s stunning, and the worst part is that it’s happening within an organisation called “Fair Vote”.