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e-48 (Electoral system)

Initiated by Michael Rybacha from Coquitlam, British Columbia

Original language of petition: English

Petition to the Minister of Democratic Institutions

  • Since the 1950s Canadian governments have consulted their people in a referendum when trying to alter their electoral system;
  • In peer countries New Zealand (1992, 1993, and 2011) and the United Kingdom (2011), the people were similarly consulted by way of referenda;
  • The Liberal platform did not propose an alternative method of electing Members of Parliament, but only that the current system should change.
We, the undersigned, citizens of Canada, request (or call upon) the Minister of Democratic Institutions to hold a referendum on any changes to Canada's federal electoral system so that the citizens of Canada have their direct say on any proposed changes by the government.
Government response tabled on August 17, 2016 (Sessional Paper No. 8545-421-11-08)
Open for signature
December 11, 2015, at 10:49 a.m. (EDT)
Closed for signature
April 9, 2016, at 10:49 a.m. (EDT)
Presented to the House of Commons
Scott Reid (Lanark—Frontenac—Kingston)
May 19, 2016 (Petition No. 421-00310)
Government response tabled
August 17, 2016
Photo - Scott Reid
Conservative Caucus
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