Feds Reconfigure Electoral Reform Committee
Ottawa, ON – It’s a rarity in politics but it happened Thursday inside the House of Commons.
The Trudeau government agreed to support Skeena-Bulkley Valley NDP MP Nathan Cullen’s proposal to establish a democratic reform committee that represents all parties in Parliament and one that does not give any advantage to any single party.
Earlier this spring the government had initially created a committee which gave Liberal members a majority when it came to investigating electoral reform – something the Liberals promised during last year’s federal election campaign.
“This is a positive first step toward what we hope will be meaningful democratic reform for Canadians,” said Cullen. “The important victory that we secured today means that all Canadians will be better heard through the process.”
Cullen said the 12-member committee will include five Liberals, three Conservatives, two New Democrats, one Bloc Quebecois member and one Green.
“And that’s more or less the results of the last election if you look at the percentage of the vote each party got.”
He admitted he’s surprised the government has changed course.
“It’s unusual for a government to do so and we’re giving them credit for it and really happy that we’re going to see some progress.”
Cullen expects the committee to start its work within the next 10 days.
“Getting out of the Ottawa bubble and talking to Canadians right across Canada about what they want to see in their democracy.”
During last year’s campaign Justin Trudeau promised Canadians it would be the last election fought under Canada’s first-past-the-post winner take-all electoral system.