MP Weir to Host Regina Town Hall on Electoral Reform
August 3rd, 2016
Regina–Lewvan MP Erin Weir will host a Regina town hall on electoral reform at 7pm on Wednesday, September 7, at the Royal Saskatchewan Museum (2445 Albert St.) The Government of Canada and the House of Commons have asked all MPs to hold public meetings on this critically important subject.
“I look forward to hearing from the people of Regina about improving our electoral system, but am disappointed that my fellow Regina MPs will not cohost the meeting,” said Weir. “Regina is one of the few cities with MPs from all three major political parties and it would make sense to have each party’s perspective represented at the town hall.”
On June 23, Weir sent an open invitation to Andrew Scheer (MP for Regina–Qu’Appelle) and Ralph Goodale (MP for Regina–Wascana) to cohost a Regina town hall. Scheer’s office responded by e-mail on June 30 to confirm his participation, but then he declined on Twitter on July 4 without explanation.
Goodale’s office indicated that he is open to a joint meeting, but is only available on September 13 and 14 – the dates of the NDP caucus retreat, a mandatory parliamentary meeting for New Democratic MPs. Weir’s office suggested all dates in August and many dates in September and October, but Goodale’s office would not agree to any date outside the NDP caucus retreat.
“Everyone in Regina, including MPs Scheer and Goodale, will be welcome to participate in the town hall on September 7,” said Weir. “I’m excited to host a discussion of how we can make every vote count equally in the next federal election. Canadians have an historic opportunity to reform our unfair electoral system and engage more citizens in the democratic process.”