“When you change the rules of democracy, everyone gets to have a say. If the Liberals want to make a fundamental change to our country’s voting system, the process must not be dominated by one political party’s interests. A committee comprised of a select number of parliamentarians studying electoral reform is not, and never will be, a substitute for all Canadians having their voices heard directly. This Liberal committee scheme is simply a vehicle through which they can impose their own pre-determined agenda without any meaningful way to restrain them.
“The Liberals have no legitimate case to claim that their House of Commons majority — delivered through a system they claim is no longer valid — gives them a mandate to unilaterally change our voting system. It is arrogant of the Liberals to believe they are entitled to make a change of this magnitude to our democracy without bringing it directly to the people first. The Conservatives will fight this illegitimate and arrogant Liberal approach every step of the way and demand that all Canadians have a voice through a referendum.”
– Rona Ambrose, Leader of the Official Opposition and Interim Leader of the Conservative Party of Canada, December 28, 2015.