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Time to mobilize for May 31 vote on electoral reform in the House of Commons!

The Council of Canadians London chapter at a community rally for electoral reform, April 13.

The House of Commons is scheduled to vote on May 31 on a motion to concur with the recommendations of the Special Committee on Electoral Reform.

On December 1, 2016, the all-party 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. The vote on May 31 is an opportunity to keep the promise of electoral reform alive.

Our ally Fair Vote Canada highlights, “This will be a free vote. The NDP, Green, and Bloc are expected to vote yes. With the votes of just 20 Liberal MPs, the motion would pass. If the motion passes, it becomes a resolution of the House, restarting the important conversation on the promise to make every vote count in 2019.”

Over the past five months, Council of Canadians chapter activists have been participating in numerous rush-hour rallies, meeting with their Member of Parliament, attending public forums, and taking other action to demand that Liberals MPs not break their promise to implement electoral reform.

In one upcoming example, the Council of Canadians Fredericton chapter will be protesting on May 23 outside a meeting of the Fredericton Federal Liberal Riding Associations that Liberal MP Matt DeCourcey will be attending. They will be telling DeCourcey that he shouldn’t break his promise on electoral reform.

Council of Canadians supporters and chapter activists are encouraged to ramp up this pressure on Liberal MPs now that we have the date of the vote. You can even connect with others in your community on a lobby visit to your MP by clicking on this Fair Vote Canada web-page.

The next federal election will take place on October 21, 2019 – lets work to make sure we have proportional representation in place for that election.