NDP: make democratic reform process truly democratic


February 4 2016




OTTAWA —NDP Critic for Democratic Reform Nathan Cullen (Skeena—Bulkley Valley) put forward a proposal today to establish a representative and democratic process for considering changes to Canada’s voting system.


In a letter to the Minister for Democratic Institutions, Nathan Cullen proposed creating a committee with all party representation that will be responsible for reviewing democratic reform proposals.


“For Canadians to have confidence in the process that we are about to undertake, and for the results to more accurately reflect the broad voices of Canadians, I believe it is important for all parties in the House of Commons to be at the table,” Cullen wrote in the letter. “Further, I believe that no one party should have the power to unilaterally change the foundation of our democratic institutions.”


Prime Minister Justin Trudeau made a clear commitment to ensure that the previous election would be the last one conducted under the unfair, outdated first past the post system.


“It is important that the spirit of these words is also carried into the process of electoral reform that we are about to undertake.”


* Attached is the letter sent to Minister Monsef and a visual representation of the proposed committee.



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