Ottawa, ON - Larry Maguire, Member of Parliament for Brandon-Souris announced the upcoming townhall to select the winning idea for the Strengthen Canada Project on Sunday, November 16th starting at 7p.m. at the West End Community Centre located at 247 23rd Street in Brandon. Maguire also announced the 11 ideas that will be presented and the panel that will help select which idea will be tabled in the House of Commons.
"First and foremost I want to thank everyone who submitted ideas and the Brandon University Students for undertaking this project," said Maguire. "I also would like to invite everyone in Brandon-Souris to attend the townhall and partake in what is to be a lively evening of debate and conversations."
The 11 ideas that will be presented are:
- A Motion to study the establishment of a program where low-income Canadians can partner with organizations such as Habitat for Humanity to build affordable housing.
- A Bill to designate Sgt. Tommy Prince Day.
- A Bill to adopt a proportional representation electoral system for Canada.
- A Motion to study the idea of making everyone an automatic organ donor unless you specifically opt out.
- A Bill to ban the use of neonicotinoid pesticides in Canada.
- A Motion to study how the Federal Government can assist Provincial Governments standardize electronic medical charts.
- A Bill to clarify the Clarity Act in compliance with the Supreme Court of Canada's succession reference and amend the Clarity Act to make an explicit statement that a majority of 50% +1 constitutes a clear majority.
- A Motion to ask the Federal Government to introduce a tax credit for those who vote in Federal Elections.
- A Motion for the Federal Government to continue to increase funding for pure science and medical research.
- • A Bill to require that all products containing genetically modified ingredients be clearly labeled.
- A Motion to study flood-related mitigation projects and the issue of long-term flooding in Manitoba.
Maguire also announced that Kerry Auriat will be the Master of Ceremonies at the townhall. In addition, he announced the panel that will ask questions after each presentation by both the originator of the idea and the student who conducted the research. The panel will consist of:
- Larry Maguire, Member of Parliament for Brandon-Souris
- Kelly Saunders, Brandon University Professor
- Pat Bowslaugh, Brandon School Trustee
- Bill Turner, CKLQ
- Debbie McMechan, Reeve of the Municipality of Two Borders
- Penny Burton, Councillor in the Municipality of Cartwright-Roblin
The winning idea will be announced at the townhall and will then be drafted into legislation and tabled in the House of Commons in 2015.