- Published on Thursday, 09 March 2017 15:45
- Written by editor
We’ve faced a serious setback on our campaign for electoral reform this month - but serious progress is often hard fought. It’s time for a new phase of our work together.
Today we’re launching the Democracy Heroes campaign. The ask is simple: we want MPs to sign a pledge that they will work together to put electoral reform back on the table, so we ensure no one wins 100% of the power with just 39% of the vote ever again.
If enough MPs start signing onto this, it could start a chain reaction. And if enough Liberal MPs sign, Justin Trudeau will either have to put electoral reforms back on the table or face a revolt within his own party.
We’re working on a tight timeline, from now until the end of May. May is significant for two reasons. Firstly, it’s the deadline for when legislation on electoral reform would need to be introduced in order to get proportional representation in time for the 2019 election. We’ve also heard that there could be a vote in the House of Commons on electoral reform in May, which if passed, could create momentum to get electoral reform back on the table. (We don’t have a lot of details on it right now, but we’ll let you know when we do!)
To get enough MPs on board to make an impact during this key moment in May, we’ll need to start building a big groundswell now and determine which MPs will stand with us. And many MPs won’t sign onto this pledge unless they get serious pressure from their constituents to do so. That’s where you come in.
Will you take the first step and send your MP an email now asking them to sign on as a Democracy Hero? This will only work if thousands of us send messages now - the more voters who send emails, the more pressure MPs will be under to sign on.
This pledge is just the start - it’s a way for us to identify which MPs are with us, and a way to let the Liberals know that the Leadnow community is going to keep the heat on MPs about electoral reform.
Imagine if we got half of the MPs in the House to sign on to this pledge. Not only would it send a powerful message to the Liberals that voters do care about this issue, but it would ensure that electoral reform stays on the agenda for the next election.
Will you send your MP a letter asking them to sign on as a Democracy Hero? Liberal, Conservative, NDP or Green - anyone can be a Hero. We’ll make sure to celebrate MPs who stand up for democracy publicly, and keep putting the heat on those who don’t.
We can do this - but only if we keep our movement growing. Ask your MP to sign on as a Democracy Hero now:
With thanks for all you do,
Katelynn, Lyndsay, Rachel and Logan on behalf of the Leadnow team
PS - Sending an email to your MP is just the beginning. Over the next month we’ll be rolling out ways you can organize to get your MP to sign our Democracy Hero pledge. Stay tuned for that - but in the meantime, make sure you start by sending an email today!
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