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Peterborough-Kawarthas chapter delivers petition on electoral reform to Minister of Democratic Institutions

The Council of Canadians Peterborough-Kawarthas chapter pressed the Minister of Democratic Institutions Maryam Monsef on electoral reform yesterday.

The Peterborough Examiner reports, “After handing over a petition in support of proportional representation to MP Maryam Monsef Wednesday, Alanna Morgan left feeling frustrated. Morgan was one of 25 people to deliver a petition with more than local 600 signatures in support of proportional representation replacing the government’s first-past-the-post electoral system. The group met with Monsef at her constituency office on Bethune St. Wednesday afternoon.”

Chapter activist Roy Brady tells us, “Morgan is a new member of our chapter. At least half of the ‘guests’ at the meeting with Monsef yesterday were chapter supporters. Along with Morgan, chapter activists Sheila Nabigon-Howlett and Jo Hayward-Haines are leading our efforts on proportional representation.”

The article adds, “Morgan told Monsef it appears Prime Minister Justin Trudeau appears to be backing away from his promise to make the last federal election the final first-past-the-post election and proportional representation doesn’t seem to be on radar. ‘We introduced a process early on and we’re going to honour that process. We’re going to let it unfold’, [Monsef] said. …The town halls Monsef hosted on electoral reform weren’t really a chance to be heard though, Morgan said, but were more about crowd management. ‘There was no consultation and there was no education’, Morgan said.”

Twenty-seven Council of Canadians chapters have actively been calling for electoral reform and proportional representation by:

Presenting to/ attending a meeting of the Special Committee on electoral reform

Fredericton, Northwest Territories, Prince Albert, Prince Edward Island

Attending a consultation with Maryam Monsef

Montreal, Northwest Territories, Peterborough, Regina, Thunder Bay, Quill Plains (Wynyard), Quinte

Attending MP town halls on electoral reform

Calgary, Campbell River, Guelph, Kelowna, London, Mid-Island, North Shore, Northumberland County, Ottawa, Peterborough, Quinte, Saskatoon, Terrace

Meeting with their MPs

Guelph, Hamilton, Kelowna, London, Nelson, Peel, Penticton, Peterborough, Quinte, Terrace

Organizing their own public event

Brandon-Westman, Comox Valley, Guelph, Hamilton, North Shore, Quinte, Terrace

Chapters have also handed out leaflets, published articles in local newspapers, held workshops, and worked closely with our ally Fair Vote Canada.

In June 2016, the House of Commons created a Special Committee on Electoral Reform (with 5 Liberal, 2 New Democrat, 1 Green, 1 Bloc Quebecois, and 3 Conservative Members of Parliament) to review different proposals for electoral reform and to deliver its recommendations to Parliament by December 1. The Liberals have set a deadline of May 2017 to introduce legislation on electoral reform. The next federal election is scheduled to take place on October 21, 2019.