"Our current electoral system is unfair and leads to vote splitting. Ranked ballots are a simple fix for a complex problem."
- Five items for council's agenda (that aren't plastic bags or casinos), Metro Canada (May 23, 2012)
"In this city, every election in recent memory has been a mathematical exercise in interpreting polls to theorize about your neighbours’ intentions, so you can vote for someone viable you dislike the least, in order to avoid electing someone you hate the most. ... That game-theory democracy should be coming to an end. Ranked ballots should be coming to Toronto elections, pretty much immediately."
- It's about time for ranked ballots, and John Tory agrees, Toronto Star (March 25, 2015)
"The ranked ballot would be a vast improvement on the status quo."
- Toronto voting proposal might be last shot at electoral reform in Canada, National Post (March 8, 2013)
"Our whole system is broken. We shouldn't be the victims of a system that makes winners out of losers. There is a better way to do this. It's called instant runoff!"
- Jerry Agar Show, Newstalk 1010
"What it clearly does is reduce vote-splitting; end the need for strategic voting that sees electors vote against a candidate of choice simply to stop a someone they fear; guarantee that the winner gets a majority of the votes; and boosts our political system."
- Toronto council takes a stab at serious change, Toronto Star (June 12, 2013)
"The system encourages less negative campaigns because candidates don’t want to completely alienate voters who might put them down as second or third choice. It also discourages candidates who focus only on their core supporters while angering most others. Eventually, the winner has to attract a majority of votes.
Ranked balloting may also encourage more diversity on council. Right now, only 14 per cent of Toronto councillors are minorities in a city where just over half the population is from visible minorities."
- Toronto should adopt ranked ballots (June 1, 2015)