Join the Electoral Reform Dialogue

electoral reformOn Sunday, September 18, the Comox Valley Council of Canadians is hosting a public discussion about what kind of electoral system would better represent the values and diversity of Canadian voters than our current “first-past-the-post” system.

Canada is one of only three Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) countries (a forum of 35 democracies) that does not use a form of Proportional Representation (PR) to elect its government.

During the 2015 election campaign, Liberal leader Justin Trudeau promised to consult Canadians on what type of electoral reform was wanted, saying “We need to know that when we cast a ballot, it counts. That when we vote, it matters. So I’m proposing we make every vote count”.

The outcome? This spring the federal government formed an all-party Special Committee on Electoral Reform. The purpose? To hear from expert witnesses and ordinary citizens as to what matters most when electing members of parliament. The Committee has put forward some basic principles to encourage dialogue and is now collecting feedback as to the electoral system Canadians feel would best represent and serve all citizens fairly and equally.

This is a momentous opportunity to participate in a nation-wide discussion and give feedback to the Special Committee on Electoral Reform. The Chapter invites you to join in the discussion on Sunday, Sept. 18 from 3:00 – 5:00 pm at Creekside Commons, 2202 Lambert Drive, Courtenay. Everyone is welcome.

Other opportunities to find out more about electoral reform and to take part in the discussion:

Thursday, September 8 Town hall with MP Gord Johns
7 pm – Florence Filberg Centre, 411 Anderton Ave., Courtenay

Saturday, September 10 Town hall with MP Rachel Blaney
1:30 – 4:30 pm – Comox Community Centre, 1855 Noel Ave., Comox

Thursday, September 15 Town hall sponsored by Fairvote Canada
Speakers include MP and member of the Parliamentary Committee Elizabeth May
6:30 pm – Campbell River Museum, 470 Island Hwy., Campbell River

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