REFORM OF THE ELECTORAL SYSTEM AND THE MDN – A HISTORIC BILL, BUT ONE THAT NEEDS TO BE IMPROVED

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.

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BONUSES TO WINNERS ARE UNACCEPTABLE

Last week, after the CAQ government introduced its fine-tuned Bill 39, “An Act to Establish a New Voting System”, the Mouvement Démocratie Nouvelle (MDN) spotted what looks like an attempt to favour established parties, especially the dominant party. In article 156, the bill provides that the parties that win the most local constituencies under the current system, will be given the advantage when allocating regional seats. This is a flagrant violation of the spirit of proportional representation.

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HOW CAQ DROWNS THE FISH

The FAE is a member of Coalition for Electoral Reform Now!.
Montreal, September 25, 2019 – Despite the fact that François Legault’s government kept its promise to file a bill on electoral reform by October 1, it is the view of the Fédération autonome de l’enseignement (FAE) that the Prime Minister and Sonia Lebel, his minister in charge of the project, display a lack of political courage by proposing their bill be relegated to a referendum ­­–– instead of finalizing a comprehensive reform before the end of their first term in office, as they had promised during the campaign.

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FTQ’S REACTION TO THE ELECTORAL REFORM BILL

The FTQ is a member of the Coalition for Electoral Reform Now!.
Montreal, September 25, 2019 – The Fédération des travailleurs et travailleuses du Québec (FTQ) is very disappointed in Bill 39, which proposes a reform of the voting system. The bill would push back the first election conducted under proportional representation to 2026 at the earliest, and it makes the change dependent upon the outcome of a referendum on the ballot at the same time as the next general election.

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