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Cullen to Hold Telephone Town Hall on Electoral Reform Tonight

Monday, September 19, 2016 @ 5:50 AM

Smithers, B.C. – Skeena-Bulkley Valley residents will have the chance to share their views on electoral reform tonight.

Area NDP MP Nathan Cullen is hosting a telephone town hall on the matter this evening starting at 7:00 p.m.


Skeena-Bulkley Valley NDP MP Nathan Cullen

Cullen is his party’s Democratic Reform Critic.

“We want to hear as directly as possible from all residents of our huge riding about their best ideas and hopes to improve the now outdated and non-representative system Canadians have used to elect their Members of Parliament for close to 150 years,” he says.

“A telephone town hall allows us to reach out to residents right across the riding, especially those who were unable to travel to the four electoral reform town halls we held in our larger communities.”

Everyone in the riding is invited to participate. All riding residential and cellular telephone numbers in Elections Canada databases will be computer-dialed on Sept. 19. Those wanting to join follow the prompts and may remain on the line for as little or as long as they wish.

Participants may as questions as well as respond to polling questions during the event.

Residents can also directly dial in to the town hall via toll-free number 1-877-229-8493 and ID code 112621.

As 250News reported earlier this month, similar town halls have not been scheduled for the two Prince George area ridings though Cullen says he hopes to schedule one if his schedule permits.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has pledged that last year’s federal election will be the last that utilizes the first-past-the-post electoral system.



Way to show us what democracy is all about Nathan. No one gets more in touch, and engages the people in a riding, than Nathan Cullen… no wonder he gets re-elected year after year.

Then there is the Conservative approach, who insist there be a referendum on electoral reform, yet hold no information sessions with their constituents about the subject. I must concede, a total of 2 Conservative MPs in Canada are engaging their ridings on the electoral reform subject, hardly worth standing up and cheering about.

Simply put, I advocate that a Federal Referendum be held on Electoral Reform, period. Anything less will be a travesty to the Electorate as a whole.

    I agree. Let the people decide how they want to elect their representatives by having a national referendum on whether they prefer whatever changes are finally proposed or to stick with what we’ve got.

I think if the reform is for the transferable (preferential) ballot than no referendum should be needed; as this is simply keeping the existing ridings and only strengthening the election process by requiring each riding requires a majority of votes to get elected. This is what democracy should be about.

If however, they choose some kind of wacky system that redraws ridings so as to accommodate list appointed candidates… than this is a fundamental change in our democratic process and should require a referendum for sure absolutely.

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