Canada's NDP


April 5th, 2024

MP Barron named as NDP critic for Democratic Reform

NANAIMO - On Friday, MP Lisa Marie Barron (Nanaimo-Ladysmith) was named as the NDP’s critic for Democratic Reform. She will also remain the NDP’s Fisheries and Oceans critic.

“Canada’s democracy is one of the best in the world, and we should be working to keep it healthy and strong,” said Barron. “Taking on the role of critic for Democratic Reform will allow me to directly continue the work of achieving this important goal, and to make sure that Parliament is reflective of our communities. I’ll be fighting to make sure Canada’s democracy is more fair and equitable so that the voices of Canadians here in Nanaimo-Ladysmith and across the country can be heard.”

Barron says that Canada’s existing system creates barriers to participation for women, visible minorities, persons with disabilities, and those of lower economic means. More work needs to be done to lift those barriers and to make sure Parliament represents everyone. Today, women represent only 30 per cent of those elected to the House of Commons, and this is the highest it has ever been. Barron says more work is needed to ensure Parliament better reflects the diversity of the Canadian public.

In this new role, Barron will also work to ensure that the Liberal government delivers on the electoral reform measures agreed upon in the confidence and supply agreement. These include expanding the voting period during an election and providing more options for where and when Canadians can vote.

Earlier this year, Barron brought forward a motion to create a National Citizen’s Assembly on Electoral Reform that would have given Canadians a say over how Canada’s electoral system works. But the Liberals and Conservatives teamed up to vote against giving Canadians the opportunity to help shape our democracy.

“As Canadians grapple with huge issues like the cost of living, finding affordable, accessible housing and the impacts of the climate crisis, we need to see Members of Parliament working together to find real solutions,” added Barron. “But both the Liberals and the Conservatives would rather focus on protecting the profits of rich CEOs and wealthy investor donors instead of making Ottawa work for everyday Canadians.

“New Democrats want to see a future where Ottawa is working for you and your family, and that’s the future I’m going to continue to fight for.”