MP Larry Miller Urges All Canadians to Sign E-Petition on Electoral Reform

December 16, 2015

MP Larry Miller Urges All Canadians to Sign E-Petition on Electoral Reform

 

Owen Sound, ON – Larry Miller, Member of Parliament for Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound, is encouraging all Canadians to sign Petition E-48 which is available to sign through the House of Commons online e-petition system.

 

The petition, which is sponsored by Scott Reid, Member of Parliament for Lanark-Frontenac-Kingston, reads:

 

“Whereas:

 

  • Since the 1950s Canadian governments have consulted their people in a referendum when trying to alter their electoral system;
  • In peer countries New Zealand (1992, 1993, and 2011) and the United Kingdom (2011), the people were similarly consulted by way of referenda;
  • The Liberal platform did not propose an alternative method of electing Members of Parliament, but only that the current system should change.

 

We, the undersigned, citizens of Canada, request (or call upon) the Minister of Democratic Institutions to hold a referendum on any changes to Canada’s federal electoral system so that the citizens of Canada have their direct say on any proposed changes by the government.”

 

“I strongly encourage all Canadians to sign this petition to ensure that any changes to Canada’s electoral system have the full consent of Canadians through a referendum,” said Miller. “Referenda in the United Kingdom and in Ontario resulted in the ‘fist past the post’ electoral system being upheld by the public. To change our electoral system without giving voters a chance to directly choose their preferred system would be truly undemocratic.”

 

The Parliament of Canada has created a new e-petition system wherein petitions may be signed online. Unfortunately, due to the nature of the system, print versions of e-petitions are not available. Petition E-48 can be singed online at https://petitions.parl.gc.ca/en/Petition/Details?Petition=e-48.

 

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