Hamilton Chapter blitzes local MPs

Don Giberson (Hamilton Council of Canadians), Filomena Tassi (Liberal MP, Hamilton West-Ancaster-Dundas), Heather Yoell (Leadnow) and Martin Reid (Fair Vote Canada)

The Hamilton Chapter has been blitzing local MPs on the issues of electoral reform and trade. We met with:

  • David Sweet (Conservative MP for Famborough-Glanbrook) on April 28th
  • Scott Duvall (NDP MP for Hamilton Mountain) on May 23rd
  • Bob Bratina (Liberal MP for Hamilton East-Stoney Creek) on May 23rd as part of a joint delegation with two Fair Vote Canada members
  • Filomena Tassi (Liberal MP for Hamilton West-Ancaster-Dundas) on May 24th as part of a joint delegation with members from Fair Vote Canada and Leadnow
  • David Christopherson (NDP MP for Hamilton Centre) on May 25th

We also requested a meeting with Karina Gould (Liberal MP for Burlington) but were unable to get a meeting with her.

In our meetings with Bratina and Tassi we shared the results of Fair Vote Canada polls on electoral reform in their ridings as well as 19 other Liberal ridings across the country. Filomena Tassi’s riding was not originally included in the poll so our chapter helped raise the funds to include it in the polling. In all 21 Liberal ridings, a clear majority indicated that they support proportional representation, they want every vote to count and they want their Liberal MP to advocate for PR as the party promised during the 2015 election campaign. You can find the full poll results at: http://www.fairvote.ca/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/Fair-Vote-Canada-IVR-May-16-2017_FINAL.pdf

In our visits with Sweet, Duvall and Christopherson we also discussed trade issues: CETA, TPP and NAFTA.

There is expected to be a vote in the House of Commons on May 31st on a motion asking Parliament to concur with the recommendations of the Special Committee on Electoral Reform. In all of our meetings, we asked the MP to vote in support of this motion. This is expected to be a free vote and the Conservatives, NDP, BQ and Green Party are all expected to vote for the motion. Given the Liberal majority, the motion would need the support of 15-20 Liberal MPs to pass. The Fair Vote Canada polls and our visits were all aimed at convincing Liberal MPs in the ridings polled to support this motion.

Did we succeed?

We will find out on May 31st!

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