Proportional Representation Review Act

An Act to provide for a House of Commons committee to review the possibility of using proportional representation in federal elections

This bill was last introduced in the 40th Parliament, 3rd Session, which ended in March 2011.

This bill was previously introduced in the 40th Parliament, 2nd Session.

Sponsor

Pat Martin  NDP

Introduced as a private member’s bill. (These don’t often become law.)

Status

Introduced, as of Jan. 27, 2009
(This bill did not become law.)

Summary

This is from the published bill. The Library of Parliament often publishes better independent summaries.

The purpose of this enactment is to provide for a review of the possibility of using proportional representation in federal elections. A standing committee of the House will be designated to conduct this review and to report with recommendations after public hearings.

A referendum may be held and the question shall be whether electors favour replacing the present electoral process with the process proposed by the Proportional Representation Committee as concurred in by the House.

The referendum, if any, must be held at the same time as the next general election.

Elsewhere

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Proportional Representation Review Act
Routine Proceedings

January 27th, 2009 / 3:30 p.m.
See context

NDP

Pat Martin Winnipeg Centre, MB

moved for leave to introduce Bill C-267, An Act to provide for a House of Commons committee to review the possibility of using proportional representation in federal elections.

Mr. Speaker, I thank my colleague from Thunder Bay—Rainy River.

The bill that we are putting forward today would provide for a review of the possibility of using proportional representation in federal elections. A standing committee of the House of Commons would be designated to conduct this review and to report with recommendations after public hearings. A referendum may then be held and the question shall be put whether electors favour replacing the present electoral system with a process proposed by the proportional representation committee as concurred in by the House of Commons and the referendum, if any, would be held at the same time as the next general election.

(Motions deemed adopted, bill read the first time and printed)