Prime Minister Justin Trudeau campaigned to power on a number of election promises, one of which was to end the first past the post electoral system. Edmonton Strathcona MP Linda Duncan will be hosting a town hall meeting to review the different options to replace the current system, and to collect your opinions.
“Our intention is, simply, to outline, for folks who come, why this discussion is happening, the fact that the government has triggered this discussion, have promised reforms.”
She’s lined up a panel of experts to present the status quo, and outline some of the possible outcomes.
“I’ve asked Fair Vote Canada to present a number of alternatives, including the current system and some of the other ones that people have proposed, the pros and cons, and the Professor Ian Urquhart who has actually studied the use of different systems in other countries. He’s going to outline some of those. So people are going to have some basic information.”
Fair Vote Canada supports the selection of Proportional Representation system. The NDP have been pulling for a Mixed Member Proportional Representation system for years. In 2014 Justin Trudeau was one the 15 of 31 Liberals in the house who voted against a motion to adopt an MMP system.
Following the expert panel the floor will be open to questions and comments.
“Mostly the issue is about, ‘are you satisfied with the way the electoral system is now? If you’re not, what kind of changes would you like to see?’ The main kind of issue I think that the community has been looking at and that the citizenship should be thinking about is, ‘do you think the current system is effective?'”
Duncan says the meeting is open to all, regardless of your riding. The town hall will take place Thursday at 7:00 in the Westbury Theatre at the ATB Financial Arts Barns.