NDP Convention 2013: Resolution on Electoral Reform

NDP Convention 2013 (Photo NDP.ca)By: Obert Madondo | The Canadian Progressive:

5-02-13 Resolution on Electoral Reform, submitted by Craig Scott, the MP for Toronto-Danforth.

WHEREAS the current federal electoral system contains major shortcomings generating a significant democratic deficit;

WHEREAS the decline in voter turnout in federal elections in the last twenty years in Canada is worrying;

WHEREAS any electoral reform process must include the study of all relevant experience with an electoral system that includes both proportional representation and MPs directly elected in ridings;

BE IT RESOLVED THAT the federal New Democratic Party reaffirm its desire to reform Canada’s electoral system by way of a system that combines proportional representation and direct election of  Members of Parliament from constituencies, that is to say, through a version of mixed member proportional (MMP) representation that is adapted to Canada.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT the NDP reaffirms its longstanding electoral commitment to such reform and its firmly held belief that Canadian voters must approve such reform.

BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED THAT the federal NDP’s Critic and Deputy Critic for Democratic and Parliamentary Reform should consult widely in communities across Canada before the next federal election.

Motion passed.

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Obert Madondo is an Ottawa-based independent journalist and progressive political blogger. He's the publisher and editor of The Canadian Progressive.
  • Electoral Reform is one of three essential changes that we must make soon to our Democratic Process and Government.  
    Election financing is another.  Level the playing field among those parties that have large corporate, union or other “friends” with the evolving parties that are building on a different value set.
    Full cost accountability is the third.   Full disclosure of environmental, social and economic values.  All budgets, plans, programs and projects of Government need to be fully accounted for if Government is to contribute to a sustainable Canada.  Full accounting will level the playing field when alternative projects and plans have very different timing profiles as to their costs and benefits.  For example, a coal fired electricity plant vs. conservation — a level playing field insists that social and environmental costs and benefits be included in the trade-off analysis.