MP Carrie Calls on Residents of Oshawa to Support a Referendum

January 5, 2016

 

Dr. Colin Carrie, Member of Parliament for Oshawa and Deputy Critic for Health, called on residents of his community to support a national referendum on proposed changes to Canada’s Electoral system.

The new Liberal Government has pledged to use their majority in the House of Commons to force through legislation that would fundamentally alter the way Canadians elect their government. The Conservative Party of Canada remains steadfastly opposed to any changes in the electoral system without proper consultation with Canadians.  The only viable means available to properly consult the Canadian public is through a national referendum.

“It is shameful that this Liberal Government is excluding the Canadian public from the discussion on electoral reform by choosing not to hold a referendum.” said Dr. Carrie. “‎As the Member of Parliament for Oshawa I will work with my opposition colleagues to fight this illegitimate and arrogant approach. The fact is when you change the basic rules of democracy, everyone deserves to have a ‎say.”

Conservative Democratic Institutions Critic, MP Scott Reid (Lanark-Frontenac-Kingston), sponsored an e-Petition in December calling on the Minister of Democratic Institutions to do the right thing and involve Canadians in the discussion on electoral reform.

“There is no more robust, inclusive consultation process than a referendum,” said MP Reid. “The government proposes fundamental change to our democratic system—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.”

The text of the petition states:

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.

This petition was created by Michael Rybacha, on December 10, 2015 and marks one of the first uses of the new e-petition system.  For more information on how Canadians can create, sign, and monitor e-petitions on the Parliament of Canada website here.  If you wish to support calling on the Liberals to include Canadians in the conversation on electoral reform click here.

Neither an e-petition creator nor Members of Parliament receive access to the personal information of e-petition signatories. The data management policy can be found on the e-petitions website and reads as follows:

“Under no circumstances is the personal information of signatories made available to the petitioner, to the MP who acts as sponsor, or to the general public. Signatories’ contact information is made available to the Clerk of Petitions and to his or her delegates, in order to validate signatories’ identities and protect the integrity of the petition process. Data may also be used by the Clerk of Petitions for statistical purposes. Personal information gathered from signatories through the e-petition website is destroyed at regular intervals.”

If you have further questions or need assistance with the petition process you can email the House of Commons’ Clerk of Petitions at PMB-AED@parl.gc.ca.