Respecting local democracy: Bill 166
Dear Members of the Social Policy Committee,
On behalf of Green Party of Ontario members and supporters, I want to strongly encourage you to fast track Bill 166 by placing it on your agenda as soon as possible.
Ontario desperately needs electoral reform to strengthen our democracy. We need to eliminate the outdated first-past-the-post electoral system so that every vote counts. We need a voting system that encourages more people to vote. Bill 166 is a small but important step in the right direction.
Bill 166 is about respecting local democracy. It is a simple response to a clear request from the City of Toronto.
I sincerely hope that passage of electoral reform legislation is not delayed at committee due to political games or unnecessary partisanship.
Liberal Mitzie Hunter and NDP Jonah Schein have already demonstrated how cooperation can move electoral reform forward. I encourage the committee to do the same by placing this important bill on your agenda now.
Leader, Green Party of Ontario