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Sudbury chapter discusses the need for electoral reform with Liberal MP Marc Serré

Glenn Murray, Richard Denton, Marc Serre, Andre Clement.

The Council of Canadians Sudbury chapter and allies recently met with Nickel Belt Liberal MP Marc Serré.

Chapter activists Glenn Murray, Andre Clement and Richard Denton attended this meeting. They raised the urgent issue of electoral reform.

In an e-mail update, Murray reports, “We learned that while electoral reform is not completely off the books the situation in the House of Commons is quite fractious and a consensus is yet to be found.”

This is significant given we are in the critical weeks before a vote in the House on the recommendations made by the Special Committee on Electoral Reform.

On December 1, 2016, the committee presented its report to the House. It recommended, “that the government should, as it develops a new electoral system … minimize the level of distortion between the popular will of the electorate and the resultant seat allocations in Parliament.”

But on February 1, despite his October 2015 election promise, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau ruled out electoral reform.

Next month is the deadline for the federal government to introduce legislation to implement electoral reform in time for the October 2019 federal election.

Be sure to contact your Member of Parliament to tell them you support electoral reform and want to see legislation on it moving forward.