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Toronto chapter holds forum on electoral reform in lead-up to May 31 House of Commons vote

The Council of Canadians Toronto chapter held a public forum on electoral reform last night that focused on the upcoming House of Commons vote on a motion to concur with the recommendations of the Special Committee on Electoral Reform.

The promotion for the event noted, “Think it’s time for Canada to finally have a voting system that’s more fair and representative? One that doesn’t allow a party to win 100% of the power with less than 40% of the vote?”

It adds, “Justin Trudeau wants to break his promise on election reform. But we still have a chance to make him do the right thing, and keep that promise.”

It then highlighted, “On May 31st the report the Electoral Reform Committee created will be put to a vote. According to the rules of the house, if that vote passes, the report itself becomes an order which the government must carry out. If enough MPs, especially Liberal ones, start signing on, Justin Trudeau will either have to put electoral reform back on the table or face a revolt within his own party. We’re working on a tight timeline, from now until the end of May. Come learn how to get involved with the many actions taking place in Toronto!”

The speakers at the public forum included Don Giberson from the Council of Canadians Hamilton chapter.

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.

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.

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.”

To connect with others in your community on a lobby visit to your MP, click on this Fair Vote Canada web-page.