ELECTORAL REFORM COMMITTEE RECOMMENDS REFERENDUM ON PROPORTIONAL REPRESENTATION
Dec 01, 2016
By Bob Komsic
A special committee of MPs, looking at electoral reform, recommends the Trudeau government hold a referendum pitting our current system against one of proportional representation.
But the Liberal members of the committee don’t agree the public’s pulse should be taken at this time, casting doubt the government will fulfill its campaign promise of electoral reform in time for the next general election.
NDP and Green members, in a joint supplementary report, also still question the need for a referendum.
The committee also recommends the government not proceed with either mandatory or online voting at this time.
The Minister of Democratic Reform Maryam Monsef accused the committee of shirking responsibility, telling the Commons, ”On the hard choices that we asked the committee to make, Mr. Speaker, they took a pass.”
Later, Interim Tory Leader Rona Ambrose said Monsef’s remarks were insulting, ”and frankly it’s a disgrace.”
NDP reform critic Nathan Cullen says the government still has ”options” for implementing a new system.