An Act to amend the Referendum Act (reform of the electoral system of Canada)

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.

This enactment amends the Referendum Act to allow a referendum to be held on any question relating to the reform of the electoral system of Canada.

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Referendum Act
Routine Proceedings

January 27th, 2009 / 3:25 p.m.
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NDP

Pat Martin Winnipeg Centre, MB

moved for leave to introduce Bill C-263, An Act to amend the Referendum Act (reform of the electoral system of Canada).

Mr. Speaker, this bill seeks to amend the Referendum Act so that a referendum may be held on any question relating to the reform of the electoral system in Canada.

We kept the bill simple and straightforward for a specific purpose. We do not want to cloud the issue with what the changes should be to the electoral system but we do want to ask Canadians directly if they are or are not satisfied with the current first past the post system. If they are not, we want to consult with Canadians on whether they would be willing to entertain what we believe would be good, which is a system of proportional representation.

The first and necessary step is for the members of the House of Commons to amend the Referendum Act to contemplate such a referendum being held on questions related to the reform of the electoral system in Canada.

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