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Guelph chapter sponsors forum on electoral reform

Fair Vote CanadaThe Council of Canadians Guelph chapter, Fair Vote Canada Guelph, Fair Vote Canada Waterloo Region and the Social Justice committee at St. James the Apostle are co-sponsoring a public forum to discuss the Reform Act and proportional representation.

The Guelph Mercury reports, “Wellington-Halton Hills MP Michael Chong will speak about his private member’s bill — the Reform Act — that puts forward three reforms to strengthen Parliament. He proposes to restore local control over party nominations, to strengthen caucus as a decision-making body, and to reinforce the accountability of party members to caucuses. …A vote on second reading could come in June.”

The article also notes, “Professor Brian Tanguay is an electoral reform expert and member of the board of Fair Vote Canada-Waterloo Region. He will speak about proportional representation — an electoral system where the most votes count and the percentage of seats a party receives in the legislature matches its popular support.”

“The talk will take place on April 6 from 2 to 4 p.m. at St. James the Apostle Church, 85 Glasgow St. N in Guelph.”

The Council of Canadians supports proportional representation and has taken note of C-559, An Act to amend the Canada Elections Act and the Parliament of Canada Act (reforms).

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