Cullen Urges Feds to Make Democratic Reform ‘Truly Democratic’
Prince George, B.C. – NDP Member of Parliament for Skeena-Bulkley Valley Nathan Cullen continues to hold the federal government’s feet to the fire when it comes to electoral reform.
Cullen, who is also the New Democrat’s Critic for Democratic Reform, has made public a letter he wrote this week to Minister of Democratic Institutions Maryam Monsef urging the government to give up its majority on an all party committee that will be responsible for putting forth an alternative to Canada’s first past the post electoral system.
“For Canadians to have confidence in the process that we are about to undertake and for the results to more accurately reflect the broad voices of Canadians, I believe it is important for all parties in the House of Commons to be at the table,” said Cullen in his letter.
“By default, the Green Party and Bloc Quebecois (BQ) would receive no representation on the committee, despite garnering roughly 600,000 and 800,000 votes respectively in the 2015 election.”
Cullen also told the minister he believes “that no one party should have the power to unilaterally change the foundation of our democratic institutions.”
Under Cullen’s suggestion, that would mean the committee would consist of five members of the Liberal Party, including chair, three members of the Conservative Party, two members of the NDP, one member of the BQ, and one member of the Green Party.
He also reminded the minister in the letter of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau commitment to ensure the last election would be the last under the first past the post system.
“It is important that the spirit of these words is also carried into the process of electoral reform that we are about to undertake.”