Riding invited to dial into Monday’s electoral reform telephone town hall


SMITHERS –NDP Democratic Reform critic Nathan Cullen will continue his outreach to constituents on electoral reform with a telephone town hall set for 7pm Monday (Sept. 19).

“We want to hear directly from residents across of our huge riding about their best ideas and hopes to improve the outdated and non-representative system Canadians use to elect Members of Parliament,” Cullen said.

“A telephone town hall allows us to reach out right across the riding, especially to folks who couldn’t attend one of the electoral reform town halls we held the first week of September.”

There is no charge to join Monday’s one-hour telephone town hall and all residents of Skeena-Bulkley Valley are welcome.   Riding residential and cellular telephone numbers in Elections Canada databases will be computer-dialed starting 7pm Monday.  Persons may join the call for however long they wish.   Participants may ask questions as well as respond to polling questions during the event.

Residents may also directly dial in via toll-free number 1-877-229-8493 and ID code 112621. 

Cullen will be joined on the call by guest Katelynn Northam, an electoral reform campaigner with Leadnow, an independent advocacy organization that brings generations of Canadians together to achieve progress through democracy.

This will be the third telephone town hall hosted by Cullen.  In 2011, 8,100 constituents, 86% of 9,415 calls answered live, joined the conference.  Similar numbers were posted in 2012. 

Cullen held hugely successful town halls in Prince Rupert, Terrace, Kitimat and Smithers earlier this month, with crowded venues, robust conversations and overwhelming calls for change to how we vote.

“In the 2015 federal election, 63% of voters cast ballots for parties promising to reform the way Canadians elect their Members of Parliament,” noted Cullen.   “Canadians have an historic opportunity to strengthen our democracy and our country for generations to come.”

Information about electoral reform is available at http://nathancullen.ndp.ca/electoralreform and http://www.broadbentinstitute.ca/an_electoral_system_for_all.

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Contact: Shelley Browne, 250-877-4140, nathan.cullen.c1@parl.gc.ca