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Posted: September 24, 2019

Kootenay-Columbia targeted by Fair Vote Canada

The Kootenay-Columbia federal riding is one of 20 across the country being targeted by Fair Vote Canada because it can help hold the Liberal Party to a minority in the Oct. 21 federal election.

In a Sept. 23 media release, Canada’s national citizens’ campaign for proportional representation, declared, “Hell hath no fury like a voter scorned,” reminding voters that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau broke his promise to make 2015 the last election to use first-past-the-post.

“We’re hearing from many people who voted strategically in 2015, specifically because of the promise on electoral reform. They are angry and want to end this cycle of parties promising reform and then walking away from it when they are elected. This riding is one that could help to hold the Liberals to a minority so we’re reminding people to vote for parties who are sincerely committed to electoral reform. In our riding, that’s the NDP or the Greens,” stated Kootenay Fair Vote organizer Amber van Drielen.

“Justin Trudeau’s Liberals have underestimated the number of voters who will remember his broken promise at the ballot box,” said Anita Nickerson, Executive Director of Fair Vote Canada. “Canadians want electoral reform back on the table – and will vote to make that happen.”

To that end Fair Vote has released a “voter-funded ad” to “hold politicians accountable for their promises.”

The ad is set to air in a number of swing ridings, including Kootenay – Columbia.

“Fair Vote Canada believes chances for electoral reform are highest if Canada’s next election produces a minority government,” the news release said, concluding it is “focusing on 20 target ridings, and calling for a National Citizens’ Assembly on Electoral Reform.


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