Telephone town hall on electoral reform set for Sept 19

SMITHERS – From old-fashioned to new-fangled, NDP Democratic Reform critic Nathan Cullen will continue his outreach to constituents on electoral reform with a telephone town hall set for 7pm on September 19 and an online consultation portal on his official website.

“We want to hear as directly as possible from all residents of our huge riding about their best ideas and hopes to improve the now outdated and non-representative system Canadians have used to elect their Members of Parliament for close to 150 years,” Cullen said.

“A telephone town hall allows us to reach out to residents right across the riding, especially those who were unable to travel to the four electoral reform town halls we held in our larger communities last week.”

There is no charge to join next Monday’s telephone town hall and everyone is elcome.   All riding residential and cellular telephone numbers in Elections Canada databases will be computer-dialed on Sept. 19.  Persons wishing to join follow the prompts and may remain on the line for as little or long as they wish.   Participants may ask questions as well as respond to polling questions during the event.

Residents may also directly dial in to the town hall via toll-free number 1-877-229-8493 and ID code 112621.  These numbers are useful if a line is disconnected or numbers are computer dialled into the conference several minutes past the 7pm start time.

Next week 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 will be joined on the Sept 19 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.  Northam recently wrote a Master’s thesis examining the challenge of youth engagement in local government.

“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.”

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