UPDATE: Victory! The Liberal government announced in the House that they will support our proposal and revise the composition of the committee on electoral reform. That's excellent news. The new composition of the committee will reflect the actual outcome of the last elections. It will allow a genuine democratic debate on the reform of our electoral system.
OTTAWA – The House of Commons will begin debate on an NDP motion Thursday to create a special committee on electoral reform, after eight months of Liberal heel-dragging and delay.
"The NDP has been ready and willing to work with the government in good faith since day one," said Nathan Cullen (Skeena—Bulkley Valley), NDP critic for Democratic Reform. "The majority of Canadians voted to change our electoral system in October and it is way past time that this important work began."
The NDP's proposal is for a 12-member committee comprised of five Liberals, three Conservatives, two New Democrats, one member of the Bloc, as well as Green Party leader Elizabeth May. Unlike the Liberals' proposal, the NDP's committee model would allow the Bloc and Green members to vote. It would also ensure that no single party can unilaterally direct the outcome, while encouraging cross-party collaboration.
"Our motion seeks to get the electoral reform process under way as quickly as possible. The Liberals have already lost too much time", said Alexandre Boulerice (Rosemont—La Petite-Patrie) deputy critic for Democratic Reform. "Canadians want an electoral reform process that is fair, inclusive, collaborative, and where every party has a seat at the table."
If adopted, the NDP motion would require the committee to be formed within 10 days, so that it can begin its work before the House convenes for summer.