Letter to all MPs - It’s About Time! Action on Climate Change through Electoral Reform
This is a copy of the letter that were sent to the MPs. It was signed by 89 people at the November 28, 2013 It's About Time!! Action on Climate Change through Electoral Reform town hall
It’s About Time! Action on Climate Change through Electoral Reform
November 28, 2013
The Senate spending scandals have diverted attention from a much greater failure in our democratic system: the ability of our electoral system to produce majority governments with less than 40% of the popular vote--ignoring the voting choices of the great majority of Canadians--the 60% majority.
Some of us want abolition of the Senate, some seek its reform. All of us who have signed this letter want electoral reform to precede any decision on the Senate. We want proportional election and other democratic reforms in the House of Commons first.
Many of us are persuaded by the recommendation of the Law Commission of Canada’s 2004 report, Voting Counts, for the Mixed Member Proportional system. Some of us are looking at other options. We all want to make every vote count, equally.
We note that countries with proportional representation elect more women and minorities, have better environmental protection laws and more efficient energy use. Voter turnout increases and fewer citizens, especially young people, get turned off.
Our town hall has a dual focus: we want action on climate change, which is not happening under the current government. Most Canadians, the 60% majority, share our concern that strong action is needed NOW, and are ashamed of the role Canada has played internationally in promoting the dirtiest form of oil extraction known, the bitumen sands.
We urge you to give BOTH electoral reform and action on climate change your serious attention.
Signed by 89 people at the November 28, 2013 It's About Time!! Action on Climate Change through Electoral Reform town hall