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e-2315 (Democratic process)

E-petition
Initiated by Don Giberson from Hamilton, Ontario

Original language of petition: English

Petition to the Government of Canada

Whereas:
  • An Angus Reid poll conducted in September found that: 85% of respondents supported a Citizens' Assembly to deliberate on electoral reform; 79% agreed that a National Citizens' Assembly on Electoral Reform be formed after the 2019 federal election regardless of which party formed government; 90% agreed that parties should cooperate; and 80% agreed that parliament should reflect how people voted;
  • The distorted results from the recent federal election clearly illustrates the need for electoral reform;
  • An Angus Reid poll in November found consensus support for proportional representation from a majority of voters in every province, all age groups and all major political parties;
  • Citizens' Assemblies have been used successfully in Canada, Australia, Belgium, France, Ireland, Scotland and the U.K. to tackle difficult issues; and
  • A National Citizens' Assembly on Electoral Reform would: give citizens a leadership role in determining electoral reform for Canada; provide meaningful deliberation on electoral reform by a representative group of citizens free from partisan influence and interests; build consensus for any recommended changes to our electoral system; and need to be established as soon as possible to allow time for their recommendations to be adopted before the next federal election.
We, the undersigned, citizens and residents of Canada, call upon the Government of Canada to establish a National Citizens' Assembly on Electoral Reform; require the Citizens' Assembly to complete its work within 12 months; and adopt any recommended changes to our electoral system before the next federal election.
Open for signature
December 10, 2019, at 4:26 p.m. (EDT)
Closed for signature
March 9, 2020, at 4:26 p.m. (EDT)
Photo - Paul Manly
Nanaimo—Ladysmith
Green Party Caucus
British Columbia
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