SCOTT REID, M.P.: Electoral reform must go to a referendum

I have been advocating a referendum on this subject since 2001, for a reason that I stated years ago, and still strongly believe: If politicians are left in charge of designing a new electoral system, they will be unable to resist the temptation to choose a system which will, based on the dynamics of Canadian voter behaviour, have the effect of benefiting the party in power.

Only a new electoral system that does not change our elections in a way that is judged unfair by voters will be accepted in a referendum. And that’s as it should be.

– Scott Reid, Member of Parliament for Lanark—Frontenac—Kingston and the Official Opposition critic for democratic institutions, December 28, 2015

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