Minister of Democratic Institutions Maryam Monsef to visit Kitimat

Kitimat is one of her stops on a Canada-wide tour to engage with citizens on the topic of electoral reform

Skeena-Bulkley Valley MP Nathan Cullen will be hosting a town hall meeting next Thursday, to discuss electoral reform and potential changes to Canada’s voting system. He’ll be joined at this event by Minister of Democratic Institutions Maryam Monsef.

Monsef is currently touring Canada and engaging with citizens on the topic of electoral reform, which was one of the platforms the Liberal party ran on during last October’s federal election.

“We are committed to ensuring that 2015 will be the last federal election conducted under the first-past-the-post voting system,” reads a statement on the Liberal’s official website.

Monsef has recently visited Iqaluit and Yellowknife as part of her tour.

“We’re thrilled to be hosting the minister, and I know she will benefit from hearing from the people of the Northwest,” said Cullen in a press release.

“The government has committed to replacing our outdated, unfair first-past-the-post voting system and replacing it with one that reflects Canada’s diversity, its people, and its heritage,” he continued.

The federal government created a special committee to look into electoral reform on June 7 of this year, after a motion to create one was brought forward to the House of Commons by Cullen, who is a strong proponent of electoral reform. Cullen is one of 12 members of the committee.

MP’s on the committee must deliver their written reports on their constituency findings by October 14, 2016, with a final report deadline for the committee of December 1, 2016.

The town hall meeting will be held at Riverlodge Recreation Centre on September 8th, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.