electoral reform conference call

Nathan Cullen, Co-Chair of the Special Committee on Electoral Reform and NDP Critic for Democratic Reform

On Wednesday April 12, 2017 our Hamilton Chapter hosted a conference call with other chapters across the country to discuss how we could work together on electoral reform.

12 Chapters from 6 different provinces were represented on the call.

We discussed how we could support an initiative by Nathan Cullen.

Nathan was a Co-Chair of the Special Committee on Electoral Reform.

He will be introducing a motion in the House of Commons in late May asking Parliament to concur with the recommendations of the Committee; which included adopting a system of proportional representation for 2019.

The Conservatives, NDP, BQ and Green Party all supported the Committee’s recommendations and are expected to support the motion.

If the motion is passed, it would put electoral reform back on the table.

But it will need the support of 15-20 Liberal MPs in order to pass.

Nathan Cullen is currently doing a “Keep Your Promise” Tour of ridings held by Liberal MPs where he holds a Town Hall and encourages people in the riding to pressure their Liberal MP to keep their promise and vote for his motion.

We discussed how our chapters could support this initiative; which is currently our best chance at getting electoral reform moving again.

Nathan’s Keep Your Promise Tour will be in Bob Bratina’s Hamilton East-Stoney Creek riding on Sunday, April 23rd.

Our chapter will be attending and will help promote the event.

We still face a steep uphill battle to get the government to keep their campaign promise on electoral reform.

But this initiative has a reasonable chance of success and we will be working hard to see it succeed.

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