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

This bill was last introduced in the 38th Parliament, 1st Session, which ended in November 2005.


Pat Martin  NDP

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


Not active, as of Oct. 18, 2004
(This bill did not become law.)


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Referendum ActRoutine Proceedings

October 18th, 2004 / 3:40 p.m.
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Pat Martin NDP Winnipeg Centre, MB

moved for leave to introduce Bill C-224, an act to amend the Referendum Act (reform of the electoral system of Canada).

Mr. Speaker, I thank my colleague from Windsor West again. He has played an equal role in putting forward a great number of the bills today. It is a very aggressive legislative package coming from the NDP.

With the bill, we seek to amend the Referendum Act to allow a referendum to be held on any question related to the reform of the electoral system in Canada. I raise this, given the reference in the Speech from the Throne and the amendments to it, which passed unanimously today, in contemplation that the House of Commons may in the very near future cause a referendum to happen on the issue of how we elect our governments in Canada.

In anticipation of that progressive move by the House of Commons, I urge members to contemplate passing this enabling legislation, which would allow a referendum to be held across the country, without any subsequent amendments made to any other acts, to hopefully review the way we elect members of Parliament in Canada.

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