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Scott Reid is the Member of Parliament for Lanark-Frontenac-Kingston

and is currently the Shadow Cabinet critic for Democratic Institutions.

He served from 2008 to 2015 as the chairman of the subcommittee on International Human Rights of the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Development.

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Two in three Canadians support having a referendum on changing the voting system

February 10, 2016

For immediate release

Today, Conservative democratic institutions critic Scott Reid (Lanark-Frontenac-Kingston) made the following comments in responding to a recent poll showing a majority of Canadians support holding a referendum on the Liberal government’s plan to change the voting system:

“In recent polling, nearly two in three Canadians said they want a referendum on any proposed change to the voting system. This is a clear sign that Canadians want the final say on the Liberal government’s plan to change how Canadians elect their Members of Parliament . Only “Seventeen per cent [of poll respondents] said a vote in the House of Commons was probably or definitely enough.” The poll showed that “Majorities were in favour of holding a referendum across all political stripes, topping out at 76 per cent among Conservatives voters, but also including 68 per cent of Liberal supporters.””

“A referendum of the Liberal plan is the only way to ensure any change has the clear support of Canadians, and that the government’s plan is fair and transparent. Over the past few months, a near-consensus of editorial and opinion commentary urged the government to put any proposal to a referendum. Now, Canadians are telling the government the same thing.”

“When asked, the government has said it does not want to pre-judge its consultations with Canadians. Canadians, however, are not hesitant. Whatever the plan, and whatever the consultation process, Canadians want a vote—yes or no—before the government tries to change the voting system. That is what Canadians deserve from their government, and that it what the Conservative Party will continue to push for.”

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Recent polling information can be found at the following web addresses:

– CBC News, February 9, 2016, “Canadians think referendum on electoral reform needs to be held, poll says”, here: http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/grenier-electoral-reform-referendum-1.3439979

– Insights West, February 9, 2016, “Most Canadians want a referendum on electoral reform”, here: http://www.insightswest.com/news/most-canadians-want-a-referendum-on-electoral-reform/

 

For further information contact:

Dennis Laurie

Office of Scott Reid, M.P.

613-947-2277

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Scott Reid is the Member of Parliament for Lanark-Frontenac-Kingston

and is currently the Shadow Cabinet critic for Democratic Institutions.

He served from 2008 to 2015 as the chairman of the subcommittee on International Human Rights of the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Development.

More About Scott  >