Make democratic reform process truly democratic: Cullen

OTTAWA —NDP Critic for Democratic Reform Nathan Cullen (Skeena—Bulkley Valley) put forward a proposal today to establish a representative and democratic process for considering changes to Canada’s voting system.

In a letter to the Minister for Democratic Institutions, Nathan Cullen proposed creating a committee with all party representation that will be responsible for reviewing democratic reform proposals.

“For Canadians to have confidence in the process that we are about to undertake, and for the results to more accurately reflect the broad voices of Canadians, I believe it is important for all parties in the House of Commons to be at the table,” Cullen wrote in the letter. By default, the Green Party and Bloc Quebecois would receive no representation on the committee, despite garnering roughly 600,000 and 800,000 votes respectively in the 2015 election.

“Further, I believe that no one party should have the power to unilaterally change the foundation of our democratic institutions,” said Cullen, noting the controversial changes the previous Conservative government made unilaterally to the election system in 2014.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau made a clear commitment to ensure that the previous election would be the last one conducted under the unfair, outdated first past the post system, under which far too many Canadians feel their voices and votes do not count.

“It is important that the spirit of these words is also carried into the process of electoral reform that we are about to undertake.”

Click here to see a copy of Nathan's letter to Minister Monsef.