Minister Maryam Monsef to attend Cullen's electoral reform townhall

OTTAWA – Skeena—Bulkley Valley MP Nathan Cullen’s townhall on electoral reform next week in Kitimat will have a special guest in attendance. Canada’s Minister of Democratic Institutions Maryam Monsef is in the midst of a national tour to hear from Canadians about changing our country’s voting system, and will be stopping off in Kitimat to take part in the discussions with people in the Northwest.

“We’re thrilled to be hosting the minister, and I know she will benefit from hearing from the people of the Northwest,” said Cullen. “The government has committed to replacing our outdated, unfair first-past-the-post voting system and replacing it with one that reflects Canada’s diversity, its people, and its heritage. Cullen also noted that majority of the minister’s consultation tour takes her to large cities around Canada, and stressed the importance of the visit for giving the minister a chance to consider views from small towns and rural communities.

As the party’s critic for democratic reform, Cullen is spearheading the NDP’s campaign to bring a more proportional voting system that more accurately reflects popular vote. In the last two elections, the winning party has received a majority government with 100% of the power in the House of Commons by gaining only 39% of the popular vote around the country.

The event, one of four being held around the region, will take place on Thursday, September 8 at the Kitimat Riverlodge from 7PM-9PM. Details are available at http://nathancullen.ndp.ca/making-every-vote-count-equally-kitimat