Cullen to host townhalls on voting reform

SMITHERS - In the last election, 63% of voters cast ballots for parties promising to reform the way Canadians elect their Members of Parliament. A special House of Commons committee on electoral reform is spending the summer and fall considering options for reforming our voting system. As Skeena-Bulkley Valley MP Nathan Cullen continues his work on the committee, he is also hitting the road to consult citizens across the Northwest about their best ideas and hopes to improve democracy.

"This is a historic opportunity to strengthen our democracy and our country for generations to come," said Cullen. "The key to making this process a success is getting the best ideas and input from citizens across the country, and especially here at home in the Northwest."

Cullen will be holding four townhalls in the Northwest in early September to hear the views of constituents on improving Canadian democracy. Topics will include changing the first-past-the-post voting system itself, introducing online and mandatory voting, as well as lowering the voting age.

An online consultation portal will be set up on Cullen’s website and a telephone townhall will be organized for community members who cannot attend in person.

Prince Rupert – September 6, 7PM-9-PM, Northwest Community College (353 5th Street)
Terrace – September 7, 7PM-9PM, Terrace Arena Banquet Room (3320 Kalum Street)
Kitimat – September 8, 7PM-9PM, Kitimat Riverlodge (654 Columbia Ave West)
Smithers – September 9, 7PM-9PM, The Old Church (1st Ave @ King Street)