E-Petition on a Referendum on Electoral Reform
January 04, 2016
OTTAWA: I would like to wish everyone a Happy New Year and all the best for 2016. Although the House of Commons only sat for one week at the end of 2015, there were a number of issues that have caused concern from our fiscal situation to significant changes to our electoral system. The new government has stated that this past federal election will be the last conducted under the first-past-the-post electoral system.
The Liberal Party has committed to unilaterally changing the way Canadians vote without their direct consultation. Not since the 1950s has a Canadian government tried to alter their electoral system without consulting their people in a referendum. The Liberal Government in British Columbia (2005 and 2009), Prince Edward Island (2005), and Ontario (2007), put their proposed reforms to a referendum. Further, in peer countries, New Zealand and the United Kingdom, the people were similarly consulted by way of referenda. Modern democratic societies overwhelmingly support the use of referenda when changes to an electoral system are proposed.
I believe that no system should be enacted into law unless it has been expressly approved by the voters in a referendum. To that end, a new electronic petition calling for a referendum on electoral reform is now available. The petition e-48 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
The government is proposing fundamental change to our democratic system and 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.