Edmonton Strathcona MP Linda Duncan invited U of A Professor of Political Sciences Ian Urquhart and speakers from Fair Vote Canada to present a suite of options to the status quo when it comes to how Canada votes in federal elections.
The Thursday night town hall meeting was attended by some 250 people. Duncan says the conversation was encouraging and she looks forward to more feedback.
“So, the idea was just to present to people, ‘here’s what parliament’s looking at, here’s how the committee is operating.’ Mainly I wanted to encourage people to submit their ideas to me and to the committee because I feel very strongly that the electorate should have the voice in deciding the new system.”
Parliament has until December of 2017 to legislate changes to the elections act so that Elections Canada will have enough time to ramp up for the next federal election, under a new set of rules.
To that end a multi-party committee of MP’s have been gathering input from their constituents. Duncan says there was no clear consensus as to which electoral system was preferred.
“I would say that it seems that a good majority want change, and want a system that will be more representative of how people vote. I think that would be fair to say.”
The NDP have long been calling for a proportional representation system. Fair Vote Canada is a self-described “grass-roots multi-partisan citizens’ campaign for voting system reform,” that also advocates a system of proportional representation.