ELECTORAL REFORM : MUST WE DEMONSTRATE OUTSIDE THE NATIONAL ASSEMBLY TO ENSURE THE PREMIER KEEPS HIS ELECTION PROMISE?
MONTREAL, March 21, 2021 – Will Premier Legault keep his promise to reform the electoral system in Quebec or will he give in to the fears that some of his caucus members may lose their seats by backing down like Justin Trudeau did at the federal level in 2017?
Due to the current environment and the government’s emergency measures to limit the spread of COVID-19, most of our March electoral reform conferences have been cancelled. They will be rescheduled for later dates that are not yet determined.
MDN President Jean-Pierre Charbonneau and Vice-President Françoise David today submitted the organization’s brief to the Commission on Institutions of the Quebec National Assembly, which is studying the draft Act 39, The Act establishing a new electoral system. At the outset, MDN representatives emphasized the historic nature of this exercise.
Coalition for Electoral Reform Now! Following its special general meeting to study the bill that would establish a new voting system, the Coalition for Electoral Reform now! urges the government to quickly set up the parliamentary committee that will examine Bill 39.
The Mouvement Démocratie Nouvelle (MDN) urges the government to form a parliamentary committee without delay to examine Bill 39, “An Act to establish a new electoral system.”
At the last annual meeting held in January 2019, it was agreed that a special assembly should be convened on the subject of Bill 39 alone, after the expected tabling of a reform bill. Bill 39, the Act to establish a new electoral system, was made public on Wednesday, September 25, 2019. Three days later, members convened in advance and met at the St-Pierre Centre in Montreal to discuss the issue.