Cullen Schedules Democratic Reform Town Halls
Smithers, B.C. – At least one northern MP plans to engage his riding on electoral reform this summer.
Nathan Cullen, Skeena-Bulkley Valley MP and the NDP’s critic for Democratic Reform, has scheduled a series of town halls for next month.
They will take place starting in Prince Rupert September 6th before wrapping up September 9th in Smithers.
He says they will focus on the kinds of electoral systems people are interested in and “the principals we need to have in place when we change the voting system in Canada.”
Cullen, a long time proponent of electoral reform, notes his office will also be engaging his constituents though mail-outs and teleconference calls.
Aside from Cullen though, all seems quiet on the electoral reform front in the North.
Neither Cariboo-Prince George Conservative MP Todd Doherty or Prince George-Peace River-Northern Rockies Conservative MP Bob Zimmer have scheduled similar town halls yet.
Cullen says he’d consider filling that void though.
“I don’t know about Prince George,” he says. “That would be worth us trying to inquire. I would assume that one of the two MP’s that represent Prince George would be holding some sort of consultation. The deadline is the second week of October to have every report into the committee from all across the country.”
The consultations follow a federal Liberal Party promise made during last year’s election campaign to change the country’s first-past-the-post voting system.
An all-party parliamentary committee has been established to consult Canadians on electoral reform and must submit a report and recommendations to Parliament by December 1, 2016.
Below are the dates, venues and locations of Cullen’s Democratic Reform Town Hall Tour. They all start at 7 p.m.:
September 6: Prince Rupert, Northwest Community College
September 7: Terrace, Terrace Arena Banquet Room
September 8: Kitimat, Kitimat Riverlodge, Activity Room
September 9: Smithers, Old Church