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Halton chapter asks Liberal MP John Oliver to vote for electoral reform on May 31

Justin Trudeau, John Oliver

The Council of Canadians Halton chapter has met with Liberal Member of Parliament John Oliver to ask that he vote in favour of electoral reform on May 31.

Chapter activist June Wright tells us, “We had a very good meeting this week with MP John Oliver in Oakville. We felt that he heard our voices on electoral reform and pharmacare.”

The chapter’s website adds, “In the last election over 60% of Canadians voted for a party supporting proportional representation. Even though the government has thus far reneged on its promise to implement change there is still hope. Send an e-mail, make a phone call or visit your MP to ask for support of the Election Reform Commission bill on May 31st.”

The chapter is encouraging people to contact these MPs to demand that they vote in favour of electoral reform:

Karina Gould (the Minister for Democratic Institutions)

Liberal — Burlington


John Oliver

Liberal — Oakville


Pam Damoff

Liberal — Oakville-North Burlington


Michael Chong

Conservative — Wellington-Halton Hills


Lisa Raitt

Conservative — Halton


During the October 2015 federal election campaign, the Liberals explicitly promised: “We will make every vote count. We are committed to ensuring that 2015 will be the last federal election conducted under the first-past-the-post voting system. We will convene an all-party Parliamentary committee to review a wide variety of reforms, such as ranked ballots, proportional representation, mandatory voting, and online voting. This committee will deliver its recommendations to Parliament. Within 18 months of forming government, we will introduce legislation to enact electoral reform.”

But by February 1, 2017, despite this very clear election promise, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau ruled out electoral reform.

As noted above, a vote on electoral reform is scheduled to take place in the House of Commons on May 31. Council of Canadians chapters and allies across the country are demanding that their MP vote for electoral reform.

Please contact your MP today.