First Expert guests I watched presenting to the committee were unable to understand French question fired at them because they were not equipped with translation headphones. Nathan Cullen leaped up and got the headsets for them.
CLC points out they are a political org and that is why they are interested in this subject of electoral reform.
Now May is questioning Prof. Jim Harding. Interesting there are few environmentalists who’ve presented to this committee thus far, she notes. Is there a connection between FPTP and lackluster environmental protections.
Justice is at the centre of principles for this committee, he says. Beauty is also central to all societies, including environmental beauty. We have local representatives, but they presently have to bow to some special interests over the collective wishes of their constituents.
Ruby S. with a question to CLC now. Union polls, etc. Not keeping my interest.
Also I’m thinking about what I will say. I don’t want FPTP, and want the PM to keep his promise that last election was the last time.
I’m the youngest person in the gallery of observers, only a woman behind me is the same generation. About 35 here to watch or speak. Maybe some will come tonight to speak? I doubt it. I feel compelled to mention it and ask that whatever system change is made the committee also change voting age down to 15 or 16 to create interest in our politics among young people.
If they don’t grow up voting they are less likely to care. They grow up disenfranchised teenagers able to drive and participate in society in most ways except choosing our lawmakers.
I told story of time I voted at University versus at parent’s riding, thus triggering a tie vote in that other riding.
Dave Orban speaking on behalf of non human organisms. Humans could be voted off the planet. MMP favoured by his constituents.
First woman at open mic. is a PR supporter. Doesn’t like strategic voting. Global warming is most urgent issue of our time. Earth cannot last another Harper style government.
“We’ve become a backwater.” In how we don’t have PR, what stable countries tend to use.
Next woman said other presentations were great and committee is on an adventure meeting Canadians.
Next man wants a referendum and “didn’t vote for this government”. Wants them to take their time.
Voted for 20 years and never been represented by her choice. She is a parent of teenagers “I’m used to not being listened to.” “FPTP is undermining Rule of Law”.
People may feel they shouldn’t follow the law if they don’t have a say in how laws are made. People will stand in front of bulldozers to stop pipelines and not pay taxes and that’s a problem.
-Really good presentation by Patricia Farnese
Jane had a good presentation too.
Next guy wants a referendum. Doesn’t trust Liberals to get it right. Concerned extreme parties could elect MPs.
May thanks crowd after.