Frequently asked questions

Who is Unlock Democracy?


Unlock Democracy was created by a group of long-time electoral reform advocates.  Our organisation is completely independent from any political party or organisation.  We are all volunteers, and we hope you'll get involved too!

Collective Working Group:


small_twitter_30.jpgJo-Ann Davis has been active in politics and civic engagement since canvassing with her dad as a grade 2 student.  A long-time PR advocate, she was an executive member of the Fair Vote Canada Toronto Chapter in 2007, and currently serves on its National Council. In 2010, Jo-Ann was elected TCDSB Trustee for St Paul’s, Toronto Centre and Trinity-Spadina. She holds an MA in Chinese politics from the School of Oriental & African Studies (London, UK), and was a PhD candidate in Government at the London School of Economics.

Shoni Field is a fundraiser by profession, and an electoral reformer by chance. She was randomly chosen to serve on the BC Citizens’ Assembly on Electoral Reform in 2004. Since then she’s been a spokesperson for both BC referendum campaigns, a Fair Voting BC director, president of Fair Vote Canada, and is a co-founder of 123Vancouver. She’s a believer in the inevitability of PR in Canada.

small_twitter_30.jpgColum Grove-White became an advocate for electoral reform following the defeat of the 1st STV referendum when almost 58% of BC voters voted for change.  Colum currently lives in Ottawa, and is the spokesperson of Ottawa123, a municipal voting reform campaign.  Colum is excited to play an active role in Unlock Democracy, and transform the way we vote in Canada.

Rebecca Harrison is a professional political organizer and a life long political nerd working on her first campaign at the age of 8. In her spare time she is an advocate on issues like violence against women, social justice and proportional representation. Rebecca is the former Chair of the Fair Vote Canada Durham Region Chapter.

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small_twitter_30.jpgSarah Lambert is a globetrotting writer and magazine editor by trade. She became a PR advocate in 2007, after realizing our broken voting system is holding back progress on all of the issues she holds dear. Since then she's served on the Fair Vote Canada Toronto Chapter Executive, spoken at the 2011 National Day for Electoral Reform, helped launch the Students and Youth for Fair Voting caucus, organized a Students for Fair Voting group at Ryerson University, and volunteered as the volunteer coordinator for the RaBIT campaign. [twitter]

small_twitter_30.jpgMaggie MacDonald is an author and campaigner with an MA in political theory. In her wild youth, Maggie ran for office and worked in electoral politics; her desire for a more collaborative, convivial, parliament, and a more representative electoral system was sparked by doorstep conversations with voters who felt disenfranchised by the first past the post system. She left electoral politics in her mid twenties to work for non-partisan NGOs in the environmental movement, and to stage the occasional rock opera, using art to create dialogue and depolarize debates surrounding issues such as unemployment, austerity measures, climate change, and predator drones.

small_twitter_30.jpgDave Meslin is a long-time PR advocate. He served on the S