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Not since the 1950s has a Canadian government tried to alter their electoral system without consulting their people in a referendum. Liberal party governments in British Columbia (2005 and 2009), Prince Edward Island (2005), and Ontario (2007) put their proposed reforms to a referendum. In peer countries New Zealand (1992, 1993, and 2011) and the United Kingdom (2011), the people were similarly consulted by way of referenda. Modern democratic history overwhelmingly supports the use of referenda when changes to an electoral system are proposed.
The Liberal government does not have a mandate to implement whatever new system they decide suits the Liberal party best. Neither the Liberal platform, nor the Liberal government, has proposed an alternative method of electing Members of Parliament. All they have proposed is that the system should change.
While I`m glad the Liberal Minister of Democratic Institutions admitted that Canadians deserve to be consulted, her refusal to give Canadians a vote on the unreleased Liberal plan for electoral reform is stubbornly and profoundly undemocratic.
During Question Period, my colleague Blake Richards, MP asked the Minister of Democratic Institutions directly if the Liberal Government would hold a referendum on any proposed reformed electoral system. You can watch the Minister’s response to his question via the video below.
I believe Canadians deserve to see the Liberal proposal, fully formed, and to then have the opportunity to vote to adopt or reject that proposal in a referendum.
If you share this view, please feel free to download the following petition, complete it, and return it to me without postage. I will be honoured to present it on your behalf in the House of Commons.
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