On Tuesday November 7, MPs in the House of Commons debated Motion M-86 for a National Citizens’ Assembly on Electoral Reform for the first time.
The Waterloo Region Record gave this story front page coverage! The article quotes Fair Vote Canada, electoral reform expert Dennis Pilon, citizens’ assembly expert Jonathan Rose, and local MP Mike Morrice.
“Our current voting system is in shambles, it is a democratic disgrace; it just doesn’t do what it is supposed to do. We call ourselves a representative democracy, yet our system doesn’t really represent what people say with their votes…”
– Professor Dennis Pilon, author of The Politics of Voting: Reforming Canada’s Electoral System and Wrestling with Democracy: Voting Systems as Politics in Twentieth Century West.
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The Motion for a National Citizens’ Assembly on Electoral Reform has been brought forth by Nanaimo—Ladysmith MP Lisa Marie Barron.
It reached the maximum of 20 seconders, with MPs from four parties represented!
MP Lisa Marie Barron gave a passionate speech in the House of Commons for action on electoral reform at the opening of the debate. You can watch the entire debate on the CPAC video, starting at 7:52:50 or read it on Open Parliament.
MP Patrick Weiler spoke about why a National Citizens’ Assembly on Electoral Reform is important to his constituents and to all Canadians:
MP Martin Champoux spoke about empowering youth and how we need electoral reform so they know their voices matter in our democracy. He urged MPs and parties to have the courage on electoral reform:
We have just months before this comes to a final vote in the House of Commons. Will enough MPs put democracy first?