Open letter to MP Ryan Leef:
Firstly, let us thank you in advance for tabling the petitions, on March 4, supporting electoral reform that we presented to you back at our meeting on January 22.
As you know, at that meeting we discussed electoral reform. We were under the impression that you agreed with the unfairness of the last election, when 30 per cent of the vote got 100 per cent of the power. Many of the problems that we are seeing in the world today can be linked directly to the lack of representative democracy that is fair, transparent and accountable.
While you were in town last week we tried to get a follow-up meeting to get clarity about your stance on electoral reform and to talk about Bill C-23, the Fair Elections Act. This is a bill that greatly concerns us, and it is simply not the sort of act to create in isolation, behind closed doors and in a rush.
We were satisfied that you couldn’t meet with us in such short notice last week, but only because your executive assistant scheduled us a meeting with you for Friday, Feb. 28 at 10 a.m.
Now we have received a note stating that you “do not see the requirement to meet” on Friday. We respectfully submit that we see a great requirement for this meeting. We think it is time you got some feedback from your elders and your constituents.
We will be at your Whitehorse office at 10 a.m. on Friday. If you choose to phone in, like you did when Yukon people wanted to meet with you about the closing of the income tax office, that is your call. It would be better for us all if you followed through with your commitment and we meet in person.
Sally Wright, Kluane Lake
Dave Brekke, Whitehorse