NDP Convention 2013: Resolution on Electoral Reform
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.