Scott Reid supports e-petition calling for a referendum on electoral reformDecember 10, 2015
For immediate release Today, Conservative democratic institutions critic Scott Reid (Lanark-Frontenac-Kingston) sponsored an e-Petition to the Minister of Democratic Institutions (e-48), which states the following: Whereas:
- 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.
“There is no more robust, inclusive consultation process than a referendum,” said Mr. Reid. “The government proposes fundamental change to our democratic system—Canadians must be given a direct vote on the final proposal, whatever it turns out to be. I encourage any Canadian who values democracy to sign this petition, or others like it, to ensure your voice is heard by the government.”
This petition marks one of the first uses of the e-petition system, which was introduced this year. This petition was created by Michael Rybacha, on December 10, 2015, using the new system through which Canadians can create, sign, and monitor e-petitions on the Parliament of Canada website, at https://petitions.parl.gc.ca/en/Home/Index
Updated: e-Petition e-48 can be viewed and signed here: https://petitions.parl.gc.ca/en/Petition/Details?Petition=e-48.
See HERE for information on e-petitions help and privacy protections. Neither an e-petition creator nor Members of Parliament receive access to the personal information of e-petition signatories. The data management policy is stated HERE, and is as follows:
“Under no circumstances is the personal information of signatories made available to the petitioner, to the MP who acts as sponsor, or to the general public. Signatories’ contact information is made available to the Clerk of Petitions and to his or her delegates, in order to validate signatories’ identities and protect the integrity of the petition process. Data may also be used by the Clerk of Petitions for statistical purposes. Personal information gathered from signatories through the e-petition website is destroyed at regular intervals.”
Email the House of Commons’ Clerk of Petitions if you have further questions, or if you need assistance, at PMB-AED@parl.gc.ca.