SUMMERSIDE - A video presentation of Green Party leader Elizabeth May's recent McGill lecture on the crisis in Canada's democracy will be presented Tuesday, June 17, at the Silver Fox Curling Club.
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Green Party Leader Elizabeth May reacts to the federal budget as he speaks to reporters in the foyer of the House of Common on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Monday, June 6, 2011. May says the Harper government is gutting its ability to deal with climate change by laying off key researchers at Environment Canada. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
The event organizers from Leadnow P.E.I. and Fair Vote Canada say that many political observers as well as those serving within the national parliament, both past and future, fear that democracy is in a state of crisis and requires significant reforms, both in terms of accountability and electoral reform.
As government scandals become more common and political power becomes more centralized in the Prime Minister's Office, youth disengagement in politics increases and cynicism towards democracy grows. This is the view of MP May, who, in her recent lecture at McGill, expressed her fears that Canada will slide into an "elected dictatorship".
In order to expand the discussion regarding reforms to Canada's democracy, P.E.I. Leadnow and Fair Vote Canada are hosting the video presentation of May's lecture on June 17 at 7:30 p.m. in Summerside.
Both Fair Vote Canada and Lead Now have called for changes to the electoral system "to better reflect the views and needs of Canadians and prevent parties that achieve a minority of the general vote from attaining a majority of the power," notes Brenda Oslawsky of Fair Vote Canada National steering committee.
NDP Egmont Bay Riding Association president, Rick Marleau, and Peter Bevan Baker, leader of P.E.I. Green Party, will participate in a panel discussion following the video presentation.