"Tonight was an important opportunity to speak with constituents and hear their thoughts on how we can improve our electoral system and strengthen our democracy."Gudie HutchingsMember of Parliament / Députée, Long Range Mountains
See the summary of the discussion and M.P. Hutchings’ submission to the Electoral Reform Committee at the bottom.
On Tuesday night, M.P. Gudie Hutchings held a town hall meeting to discuss electoral reform and hear from constituents their ideas on how we can improve our electoral system and strengthen our democracy.
Federal electoral reform is part of the Government of Canada’s commitment to strengthen our democracy. The Government has committed that 2015 would be the last federal election under the current first-past-the-post electoral system.
The House of Commons has given the Special Committee on Electoral Reform the task of leading a national consultation process on Canadian federal electoral reform in 2016. It’s important that Canadians have the opportunity to participate in this national dialogue and shape our future electoral system at the federal level.
In that spirit, Members of Parliament across the country are reaching out to Canadians to gather input. M.P. Hutchings will be combining the feedback from last night’s town hall, along with the conversations she has been having with constituents throughout the summer, and filing a report with the Special All-Party Committee on Electoral Reform.
The Special Committee on Electoral Reform is also doing a national tour to hear from Canadians directly. At the conclusion of the consultations, the Special committee will examine all reports from Members of Parliament, as well as the testimony it will hear during its national consultations, and author a report to Parliament making recommendations for reforming our electoral system and strengthening our democracy.
M.P. Hutchings’ report will be posted on this website shortly. For those who were not able to attend last night, we still want to hear from you. You can submit your ideas directly to the Special Committee by going to Canada.ca/Democracy.
You can also attend the meeting the Special All-Party Committee on Electoral Reform will be holding in St. John’s on Wednesday, October 5th. More information can be found here: http://bit.ly/2bYbtNy
Minister Monsef, Minister of Democratic Institutions, is also undertaking a national consultation tour to hear directly from Canadians. Minister Monself will be holding two town halls in Newfoundland and Labrador.
September 29th, 7-9pm in Gander, NL
October 1, 11am – 1pm in Happy Valley, Goose Bay, NL
For those looking for more information on Democratic Reform, please see the following two documents.
Library of Parliament Explainer on Alternative Systems: ERRETownHall-e