Petition Calls for Referendum on Electoral Reform ≈

In response to these reports, two social work students have collected signatures for the petition over the last several weeks.

Matthew Belyea and Amanda Gallant, both social work students at St. Thomas University and founders of Students for Democracy in NB, hope that the petition will stimulate discussion surrounding electoral reform and become the first step in making the system more proportional.

“The process by which our votes are translated into representative seats is not proportional, and that’s an injustice to the voting population,” says Belyea. “If we want to see change in other areas of our life, we need to change how we elect the officials that will represent us” says Gallant.

Gallant and Belyea have been working as student interns for the Green Party of New Brunswick on a social action placement.

Our Principles

>Living within Our Ecological Means

A culture of cooperation, caring and understanding is essential to ending violence in our society. Rehabilitation rather than vengeance must be the goal of our justice system.

> Local Self-Reliance

We must have the opportunity and the responsibility as citizens to contribute to the common good, which requires that all have the capacity to participate in community life.

> Real Democracy

Everyone must have equal access to the necessities of life and be treated with dignity and respect. Treaties with First Nations must be honoured.

> Social Justice and Equality

We must be able to participate in decisions that affect our lives and be guaranteed that our votes are reflected in the make-up of the Legislative Assembly.

> Active Citizenship

Our communities should be in control of their own destinies, supported by strong local economies, and sustained by local sources of food and renewable energy.

> A Culture of Peace and Respect

We must live within the ecological limits of the Earth, while meeting our needs without threatening our children's future or the survival of other species.

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