Scott Reid Announces Constituency Referendum On Same-Sex Marriage LawFebruary 8, 2005
OTTAWA-Local MP Scott Reid today announced the process by which he will be consulting with constituents regarding Bill C-38 (the Civil Marriage Act, which defines marriage as “the lawful union of two persons to the exclusion of all others”).
“In the 2004 election, I made a promise to the voters of this riding that I would consult them on important issues like this one, and to vote according to their instructions” Reid stated today.
Reid pointed to his established record of constituency consultation, pointing out that in his victory speech on Election Day (June 28 2004), he had stated, “I am proud of the four Constituency Referenda that I’ve held in this riding since the summer of 2001 …. I will continue this practice as the MP for the new riding of Lanark-Frontenac-Lennox & Addington.”
Reid today indicated that he will deal with the bill in two stages. “Bills in the House of Commons go through three readings,” he explained, noting that the first reading of Bill C-38 occurred on February 1. The vote known as “Second Reading” is where MPs vote on whether a bill deserves to be sent to a committee for review and amendment.
“My plan is to vote against Bill C-38 at second reading, because I think the country would be better served if the government started from scratch with a new bill that provides stronger protections for the rights of religious organizations,” Reid stated. “However, if Bill C-38 survives second reading and comes back for a third reading in the House of Commons, I will conduct a Constituency Referendum to determine how I should vote on the final version of the bill. If considerations of timing make it possible, I will also ask how I should vote on some of the amendments to the bill that may be placed before the House of Commons at that time.”
Reid’s four prior Constituency Referendums were on the following subjects:
- June 2001: Whether to opt out of the $21,000 MP pay raise or donate it to charity;
- Sept. 2001: Whether to vote for or against the Species at Risk Act;
- Nov. 2001: Whether to vote for or against the Anti-Terrorism Act if it failed to include a Sunset Clause;
- Oct. 2002: What position to advocate to the Electoral Boundaries Commission.
For more information or to speak with Mr. Reid
Please call (613) 257-8130 or (613) 947-2277.
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