Timothy Jones, a local representative of Fair Vote Canada, will be at a town hall meeting into electoral reform this Saturday at United Churches of Langley.

Local MP to speak at town hall forum on election reform

Fair Vote Canada event planned for Saturday at United Church of Langley

One of the MPs investigating an alternative system of voting for federal elections will be speaking at a Fair Vote Canada town hall-style meeting on electoral reform this Saturday in Langley.

Cloverdale-Langley City MP John Aldag, who was appointed in June to the Special House of Commons committee that is reviewing Canada’s electoral system, is expected to report on the “activity and progress of the committee so far,” Fair Vote Canada volunteer Timothy Jones said.

Jones said Fair Vote favours proportional representation, where the percentage of votes earned decides the number of seats a party wins in the house of commons.

In his view, the current so-called first-past-the-post system means a government can win a majority of seats without a majority of the votes because it allows parties with strong “localized” support, like the Conservatives in Alberta, to win seats while those with “generalized” support across the country, like the Green party, are excluded.

Jones said there will be presentations at the town hall meeting on the existing voting system and some of the alternatives, a questionnaire designed to discover what voters value and would like to see in a new voting system and an opportunity for people to speak to the subject.

A report on the event, the questionnaire and the public input from the microphone will be submitted to the Electoral Reform Committee, Jones said.

The event will take place Saturday (Aug. 27) from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the United Churches of Langley hall at 21562 Old Yale Rd.

Just Posted

Langley’s Georgia Ellenwood is Olympics bound

She has effectively qualified for the 2020 games based on international ranking

Campaign against hospital parking fees is gathering momentum: organizer

Gary Hee said the bid to eliminate ER parking fees will be his last petition campaign

QUIZ: Test your knowledge of Victoria Day

How much do you know about the monarch whose day we celebrate each May?

United voice calls for more senior services in Aldergrove

‘The people here deserve more’ says founder of the local Seniors Resource Fair

Aldergrove’s water park opens to public at discounted rates

Though the pool remains closed, the Township has decided to charge a toonie for admission

UPDATE: B.C. pilot killed in Honduras plane crash

The crash happened in the Roatan Islands area, according to officials

Raptors beat Bucks 118-112 in 2OT thriller

Leonard has 36 points as Toronto cuts Milwaukee’s series lead to 2-1

‘Teams that win are tight’: B.C. Lions search for chemistry at training camp

The Lions added more than 50 new faces over the off-season, from coaching staff to key players

Rescue crews suspend search for Okanagan kayaker missing for three days

71-year-old Zygmunt Janiewicz was reported missing Friday

B.C. VIEWS: Reality of our plastic recycling routine exposed

Turns out dear old China wasn’t doing such a great job

Structure fire destroys Surrey tire shop

RCMP have closed Fraser Highway down to traffic from 152 Street to 88 Avenue

Carbon dioxide at highest levels for over 2.5 million years, expert warns of 100 years of disruption

CO2 levels rising rapidly, now higher than at any point in humanity’s history

Multi-vehicle collision on highway in Chilliwack

Accident involves several vehicles, in the westbound lanes says Drive BC

Man dies after being hit by car in East Vancouver

The driver involved is cooperating with police

Most Read