Cullen Electoral Reform Townhall to Feature Special Guest
Smithers, B.C. – Canada’s Minister of Democratic Institutions Maryam Monsef will be in Kitimat on Thursday.
She will be there participating in Skeena-Bulkley Valley NDP MP Nathan Cullen’s townhall on electoral reform.
The minister is in the midst of a national tour to hear from Canadians about changing our country’s voting system and will participate in that discussion in B.C.’s northwest.
“We’re thrilled to be hosting the minister, and I know she will benefit from hearing from the people of the northwest,” said Cullen. “The government has committed to replacing our outdated, first-past-the-post voting system and replacing it with one that reflects Canada’s diversity, its people, and its heritage.”
Four townhalls on the issue have been scheduled this week though Cullen acknowledges none have been penciled in for Prince George.
“As far as we know only two Conservatives out of about 100 are planning to hold any discussions with their citizens which really cuts out people who happen to live in ridings represented by Conservatives because this is happening,” he says.
“This conversation is going ahead in Canada, there is a mandate to change the way we vote and I don’t think it’s fair to deprive people living in Conservative ridings from being a part of that conversation.”
Cullen says his office is attempting to possibly schedule a townhall in Prince George but says “dates are tough” because he’ll be busy touring all the province’s and territories discussing this issue next month.