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LETTER – Parties must work together to move electoral reform forward

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(An open letter to Kamloops-Cariboo MP Cathy McLeod)

Dear Ms. McLeod,

As your constituents, we are writing this public letter requesting your assistance to address a current problem in federal government.  Please carry our voice to the Conservative MPs on the Procedures and House Affairs Committee of Parliament (PROC) and urge them to end the current filibuster so that they may vote in favour of an item which is currently stuck: a motion for a National Citizens’ Assembly on Electoral Reform.

This ridiculous filibuster―a complete waste of our tax dollars―has been going on for months, illustrating exactly why we need to replace our first-past-the-post voting system. Your party, the Conservatives, wants to pass a motion forcing Justin Trudeau and other key Liberal Ministers to testify, again, about why they prorogued Parliament last August and the WE charity scandal.

To avoid this motion going to a vote, Liberal MPs are filling every meeting with monologues about learning to spell the word “prorogation”, the history of the Magna Carta, and how much popcorn they’ve consumed… seriously. Neither side is willing to back down: both apparently prefer to simply run out the clock–on our dime.

This foolish stalemate must come to an end. Canadians deserve to have our elected officials working cooperatively on our behalf, especially during these uncertain COVID times. We ask that you work within your own party and across party lines to put the interests of Canadians first. Respectfully, bring the filibuster to an end and get the committee back to work.

PAUL KAYNE
on behalf of Fair Vote Kamloops

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4 Comments on LETTER – Parties must work together to move electoral reform forward

  1. McLeod does not have the slightest interest in advocating to colleagues on either side of the aisle to end the filibuster, as she is ONLY interested in stalling Parliament and actually wants to waste time and money so votes are not taken in the house at all. That is the only reason Conservatives put forth a motion to open up prorogation and WE.
    Disruption is the only game they have.

    Even if she did agree and want to try, absolutely no one will listen to her, she is nationally a nobody and seen as an afterthought, backbenching MP. Perhaps after her retirement, we will have someone that will relay our ridings concerns like this, and actually be effective here and in Ottawa.

  2. Jennie Stadnichuk // May 9, 2021 at 1:09 PM // Reply

    And doing nothing will accomplish nothing.

  3. Ian MacKenzie // May 8, 2021 at 11:44 AM // Reply

    Well said, Paul.

  4. Sorry but this letter, besides getting a light chuckle out of me (and perhaps a few others), will accomplish nothing.

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