Canadians should make final decision

McLeod: riding wants a referendum on electoral reform

  • Aug. 18, 2016 4:00 p.m.

Kamloops-Thompson-Cariboo MP Cathy McLeod released the findings of her riding-wide survey on electoral reform on Aug. 11.

Our survey found that 76.8 per cent of residents want a referendum on changing Canada’s voting system,” McLeod says.

An Ipsos-Reid poll in May 2016 had a similar result: they found that 73 per cent of Canadians agree that Liberals should not make changes to Canada’s election system without holding a national referendum to get the public’s approval for the changes, McLeod adds.

Throughout the national conversation on electoral reform, the Prime Minister has favoured a preferential ballot system. He has tasked former Liberal candidates to engage in what they are declaring a non-partisan process.”

Locally, this is being led by a former Liberal Party candidate in the riding – Murray Todd – who is also the former president of the Liberal Riding Association.

I’m glad to see residents in our riding are discussing this issue, McLeod says.

However, I’m concerned Liberals are trying to rig the process. All voters in Canada must have the opportunity to provide input, and the only way for every Canadian to be heard is through a referendum.”

Near the end of August, McLeod will be speaking directly with residents in forums, roundtables and community events – such as the community forum in 100 Mile House on Aug. 23 – throughout the riding.

We will talk about electoral reform, but also Canada’s economy and other federal issues, the MP explains.

The Prime Minister and his Liberal government are trying to change what a vote means – without giving all Canadians a say. Politicians and party insiders should not have this power. Only the Canadian people should determine how Canadians elect their governments.”




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