My name is Jim Johnston.
I am a Professor at the Kinlin School of Business at Fanshawe College, where I teach in the International Business Program (International Market Entry and Ethics primarily), as well as other courses in the department. I have taught at Fanshawe since 2009.
My background is in the computer industry. My undergraduate degree is in Mathematics (Computer Science) from the University of Waterloo. My graduate degree is a Masters in Business Administration from Wilfrid Laurier University. I have taken additional post graduate training, including a specialization in Online Education from the Illinois Online Institute from the University of Illinois.
I have other irons in the fire as well. I have recently started a new company which will is focused on creating, selling and servicing software which assists in test administration in educational environments for multiple choice tests. I also have several hobbies, including writing, recording and playing music with my band, Simple Joy. I have a keen interest in astronomy and astrophotography, and I hold a private pilot’s license.
I have been a candidate in the last four federal elections as a representative of the Green Party. I have been honoured to have been supported by over 3,000 voters in my riding, and part of my mission is to see that their votes are respected in turn by our electoral system. I should point out that this model was developed by me, and is not endorsed by the Green Party. Green Party policy supports the implementation of proportional representation, but does not go so far as to endorse a particular model.
In the past, I have voted Conservative, Liberal, NDP and Green, depending on the year and upon the issues at hand. I am among those Canadians who has never voted for anyone who has won their local riding. That is to say, my vote has never counted in my lifetime.
I have had a lifelong interest in systems, and studying how systems react to circumstances, change and stresses. This has allowed me to become a better software designer, and has allowed me to build the simulations that were necessary to test various electoral systems. I find this work deeply satisfying, and the results often surprising.
I advocate for a new voting system because I believe that people’s efforts to express their preferences should make a difference to the outcome, and that this influence should be visible and equal. I do not suggest this voting system because of partisan advantage. My party’s standing would improve in the current Parliament had we had Simple MMP in 2015, but this improvement is no more than would have been experienced by the Conservatives, the NDP and the Bloc Québécois. In the 2011 election, there would have been a benefit to the Liberal Party as well. This is about fairness in representation all around.
July 29, 2016