Town Hall: Action on climate change through electoral reform

Canadian Electoral Alliance and JustEarth will be co-hosting a Town Hall Meeting on Nov. 28, 2013 at 7-9 pm, at the 2nd floor auditorium of The Ralph Thornton Community Centre, 765 Queen St E., Toronto.

This is a free admission event and all are welcomed to attend. The town hall will focus on how electoral reform can help get action on climate change. Each of the three speakers has 15 minutes to present. Discussion from the floor will follow.

Speakers are:
Stéphane Dion, Liberal MP for St Laurent-Cartierville and Critic for Intergovernmental Affairs. He was formerly Leader of the Official Opposition, Liberal Leader, and Minister of the Environment. As Minister of the Environment he chaired the UN Conference on Climate Change in Montreal in 2005, where he contributed to the rescue of the Kyoto Protocol.

Elizabeth May, Leader of the Green Party of Canada and MP for Saanich-Gulf Islands. She is a former director of the Sierra Club of Canada, was senior policy advisor to the federal Minister of the Environment and Vice-Chair of the National Round Table on Environment and Economy.

Craig Scott, NDP MP for Toronto-Danforth. As Democratic and Parliamentary Reform Critic for the Official Opposition he has launched a national tour to promote proportional representation. He is a former professor of law and an expert on technology transfer to combat climate change.

Moderator: Adam Vaughan is Toronto City Councillor of Ward 20 Trintiy-Spadina; he serves as a member of the Toronto East York Community Council, Planning and Growth Management Committee and as a board member for the Preservation Board, the AGO, Harbourfront Centre.

Canadian Electoral Alliance was formed in October 2011 to promote an electoral alliance for the 2015 election, and enactment of proportional representation at the earliest possible time after that. Canadian Electoral Alliance promotes proportional representation as the best way to achieve serious attention to climate change and other social justice issues supported by the broad mass (60%) of Canadian voters.

JustEarth was formed in June 2006, it is a member of the Climate Action Network of Canada and supports its campaigns. It aims at a comprehensive, science-based climate action strategy for Canada. It lobbies and writes cabinet members and MPs on climate change. It holds occasional town halls on climate change issues, and co-sponsors similar events by other environmental organizations.

The co-sponsors of the event are: Fair Vote Toronto; Cooperate for Canada – Kitchener – Waterloo; Catch 22 Campaign; The Older Women’s Network; Unlock Democracy; Why Should I Care; Colour of Poverty – Colour of Change; Leadnow; Toronto Chapter, Council of Canadians; Toronto Climate Action Network; Reclaim Our Democratic Canada; Greenspiration

Lynn McDonald 416-944-9334 OR Wing Wo 647-502-7322