Feds Shying Away from Electoral Reform?
Prince George, B.C. – Nathan Cullen hasn’t given up on electoral reform.
This despite the fact Prime Minister Justin Trudeau suggested to Quebec newspaper Le Devoir last week that Canadians are no longer interested in change with the demise of the Stephen Harper government.
“The timing was brutal because we’ve just spent half a million dollars going around the country, consulting with Canadians,” says the Skeena-Bulkley Valley MP. “We’re just about to start getting into the short strokes and trying to find consensus between all parties.”
Trudeau had promised that last year’s election campaign would be the final one using the first-past-the-post electoral system.
“I think we’ve since recovered from it (Trudeau’s comments) to be honest,” says Cullen. “I’ve been speaking with Liberals and Conservatives and others and there is still a lot of energy and a real feeling of responsibility – not just having spent so much time consulting with Canadians, but also because this is such an historic opportunity to bring Canada into the 21st century.”
Cullen is vice-chair of a 12-member special House of Commons committee on electoral reform. The committee has spent the past four months touring the country asking the public for feedback on the kind of electoral system they’d like to see in future elections.
“So yeah it was inarticulate, it was awkward, but perhaps in the end it was somewhat helpful in focusing the mind and maybe even a reminder for Mr. Trudeau that having a lot of likes on Facebook doesn’t mean you get to break your promises.”
The committee is scheduled to present its final report to the government on December 1st.
Earlier this month Cullen told 250News consultations his party held over the summer revealed 84% of those surveyed want an electoral system where a party’s seats in the House of Commons is a fair reflection of the shares of votes they receive.