Half of attendees have lobbied MPs prior to this workshop; however, almost all attendees agreed to lobbying.
Which party the attendees belong to is crucial as different message for different party, so the message must be adapted.
Some Conservatives want Proportional Representation. There is some quiet rumblings in the back benches that might be encouraging for reform. Michael Chong’s Reform Act is an indication of some action in Parliament that speaks of the backbenchers’ desire for reform.
Most work needs to be done with the Liberals since they are the ‘grey’ area. Some lean towards it more than others. The Liberal National Convention is coming on Feb. 20, so that it should be ‘out there’ before that. However, the official Liberal position does not favour PR.
There are four in the attendees going to the Liberal Convention.
NDP favours Proportional Representation - Craig Scott, Critic for Electoral Reform, is doing a tour promoting Proportional Representation.
Crucial Question: In 2015, will there be a Harper majority?
If there is not a majority, the other parties should form a coalition.
So if the Liberal Party does not have Proportional Representation on their policy, we cannot move much further on electoral reform. It is crucial to create the discourse in the Liberal ranks.
Attendees will form groups according to their ridings and their parties to form lobby groups.
Lobbyists must be prepared with notes. The executive summary from Voting Counts from the Law Commission is a good preparation.