NEW DEMOCRATS TO MAKE PROPORTIONAL REPRESENTATION AN ELECTION PRIORITY

VICTORIA  –  In the next election, the NDP will be seeking a mandate to introduce a system of mixed member proportional representation during its’ first term in office.  This is the message NDP MP Murray Rankin (Victoria) and NDP Critic for Democratic Reform, Craig Scott (Toronto-Danforth) are bringing to Victoria at a public forum on Friday evening.

“Poll after poll, as well as declining voter turnout, tells us that Canadians are not satisfied with their democracy, they want reform,” said Rankin. “The NDP is proposing meaningful electoral reform, to ensure that every vote counts and that Canadians have  the chance to vote for the change they want, and actually get it.”

If elected, the NDP is committing to striking an all-party task force with a mandate to consult with experts and ordinary Canadians on the best design for a mixed-member proportional representation system. An NDP government will then introduce legislation based on these recommendations.

"Our Leader, Tom Mulcair has been clear that he's committed to making 2015 Canada's last unfair election," says Scott. "We welcome the Green Party's updated policy in support of proportional representation, but sadly the Liberal Leader continues to say that he's not in favour of PR in any form."

Make Every Vote Count, a town hall forum on fixing Canadian Democracy, will take place from 7:00 to 8:30 pm on Friday, November 28, at Alix Goolden Hall, 907 Pandora Ave in Victoria.