Maryam Monsef, Kim Rudd
The Council of Canadians Peterborough-Kawarthas chapter has invited Liberal MPs Maryam Monsef (Peterborough-Kawartha) and Kim Rudd (Northumberland-Peterborough South) to a public event on electoral reform on Saturday April 22.
In their invitation to Monsef, the chapter writes, "Our local Council of Canadians chapter has been motivated by your Liberal Government’s promise of electoral reform in place for next election in 2019. As you know, we have been advocating strongly for proportional representation. We don’t believe that your government’s indication that it would not keep this promise as final. There is time for serious consideration of a form of proportional representation and additional electoral reform."
The chapter adds, "Accordingly, you have likely been invited to the public event this Saturday, 2 pm at Bagnani Hall sponsored by Nathan Cullen, a member of the Parliamentary Committee that you had responsibly established. The public meeting does require your attendance as our MP and the recent Cabinet Minister for Electoral Reform."
And in their invitation to Rudd, the chapter notes, "You have been a Council of Canadians supporter as you indicated to me at the Justin Trudeau campaign visit a year and a half ago at the Evinrude Centre in Peterborough. As the MP for our close neighbouring constituency, our chapter is cordially inviting you to attend."
The Canadian Press has reported, "Cullen says he will challenge 20 Liberal MPs to show up at meetings in their ridings to debate [electoral reform]. He also says those 20 votes would make all the difference if those MPs were to break with the prime minister."
All of this comes in the critical weeks before a vote in the House of Commons 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.