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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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Your Vote (Electoral reform background material)

September 13, 2016

Resources from the Office of Scott Reid, M.P.:

Op-Eds and other publications

Statements and other media

Parliamentary resources:

Government of Canada resources:

Third Party Resources:

Public Opinion Polling:

  • On February 9, 2016, Insights West released a poll showing 65% of Canadians polled definitely or probably think “a change in the current system should be put to a nation-wide referendum”, versus 17% that a vote in the House of Commons is definitely or probably enough to settle the issue.
  • On April 19, 2016, EKOS Research released a poll showing 47% of Canadians polled said they thought a national referendum would be required, versus an equal 47% who thought a rigorous program of public engagement and Parliamentary review should be sufficient.
  • On May 21, 2016, Ipsos released a poll showing that 73% of Canadians polled (37% strongly, 36% somewhat) agree that a referendum should be held before major changes are made to Canada’s election system, versus 27% (8% strongly, 19% somewhat) who disagree.
  • On June 10, 2016, EKOS Research released a poll, using the same question as their April 19, 2016 poll, showing 44% of Canadians polled said they thought a national referendum would be required, versus an equal 49% who thought a rigorous program of public engagement and Parliamentary review should be sufficient.
  • On July 6, 2016, Forum Research released a poll showing 65% of Canadians polled agreed that “Canada should have a national referendum on electoral reform before any changes are made to the way we elect our MPs”, versus 18% that disagreed.
  • On June 28, 2016, Insights West released a poll, using the same question as their February 9, 2016 poll, showing 68% of Canadians polled definitely or probably think “a change in the current system should be put to a nation-wide referendum”, versus just 18% that a vote in the House of Commons is definitely or probably enough to settle the issue.
  • On August 31, 2016, Ipsos released a poll showing 55% of Canadians polled thought the current public and Parliamentary consultations on proposed changes to the election system are not enough to achieve public consent on electoral reform, and that a national referendum is necessary before making changes, versus 45% who think the consultations are sufficient to achieve public consent to fundamentally change the election system. When using EKOS’ question from its April and June polls, Ipsos found the corresponding responses were 49% agreeing a referendum is needed, versu 51% who do not.
  • On September 28, 2016, Insights West released a poll showing 68% of Canadians definitely (40%) or probably (28%) think a change in the current system should be put to a nationwide referendum, versus 21% who definitely (7%) or probably (14%) think a vote in the House of Commons is enough to settle the issue.

Websites of some groups supportive of a referendum on changing the voting system:

Some groups & individuals in favour of changing the voting system:

Some groups & individuals supportive of the current voting system:

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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  >