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

This bill was last introduced in the 39th Parliament, 2nd Session, which ended in September 2008.

This bill was previously introduced in the 39th Parliament, 1st Session.


Pat Martin  NDP

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


Not active, as of June 19, 2006
(This bill did not become law.)


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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 ActRoutine Proceedings

June 19th, 2006 / 3:10 p.m.
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Pat Martin NDP Winnipeg Centre, MB

moved for leave to introduce Bill C-329, An Act to amend the Referendum Act (reform of the electoral system of Canada).

Mr. Speaker, the bill would change the Referendum Act to contemplate a nationwide referendum on the electoral system by which we elect our governments.

People would know that our first past the post system has been patently unfair to smaller parties and that we are not represented to reflect the popular vote which we receive.

We believe the Referendum Act should be amended to enable, if and when this Parliament chooses, a nationwide referendum to take place, to see if Canadians want to change their electoral system to envision some form of proportional representation at such time of their choosing.

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