Thursday, June 23, 2011

NDP Democracy Reform Does Little to Address Gross Electoral Fairness Issues

The NDP's emphasis on proportional representation, if passed, will help the NDP get more votes in subsequent elections, and create a slightly fairer system.

However, the real issues in Canadian federal democracy are with electoral unfairness from the majority of MPs having the power to create and change election laws, gross inequality in the Canadian media, and gross inequality in campaign finance.

Unfortunately, the NDP is part of the Canadian political establishment which is undermining Canadian democracy and benefiting from electoral unfairness.

June 23, 2011

To the Foundation for Democratic Advancement,
Thank you for taking the time to write in support of electoral reform. I appreciate having the benefit of your comments.

Please be assured that New Democrats stand firmly in support of electoral reform to ensure that Parliament reflects the political preferences of Canadians. We have consistently called for changes to our first-past-the-post electoral system by combining it with a proportional representation system that more accurately reflects the political will and decisions of the voting public.

Most recently, this commitment was reinforced at the NDP convention, held over the weekend in Vancouver, where delegates debated and passed a resolution in support of electoral reform. It reads as follows:

5-06-11 Resolution on Support for Electoral Reform

BE IT RESOLVED THAT the federal New Democratic Party make electoral reform and proportional representation a priority issue within the next Parliament and in communities across Canada (NDP Convention Resolution - Adopted June 2011)

Moving forward, you can count on our team to continue to work on the issues we raised during the recent election, including working to fix Ottawa and make your vote count ( We are aware that the Conservative's will be putting forward legislation dealing with seat redistribution in Parliament as well as Senate reform.

Please be assured that when these Bills come before Parliament our team will be studying them very carefully.

Again, thank you for writing. Please know that myself and my team of New Democrat MPs will continue to work hard to earn your confidence.

All the best,

Hon. Jack Layton, P.C., M.P.
Leader of the Official Opposition

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