I was pleased to watch your presentations.
Mr. Harding, thank you for speaking. What you told us was very interesting. I am the member for the Quebec riding of Joliette, and the protection of water is a very important issue for us there, too. In this case, I wish you the best of luck in things.
I will start with a brief comment for Ms. Deguire.
At the start of your presentation, you said that the current system was causing regional tensions. I don't think that's necessarily a bad thing. Canada is a federation made up of several nations. In Quebec, for example, we have our own cultural references, we don't consume the same media, and we don't have the same discussions. So it's normal that we won't always vote the same way.
In the last election, we voted for the party that currently forms the government. In the previous election, it was my colleagues' party that won by creating a huge wave. The reason for that was that the issues it was putting forward resonated with Quebecers at the time. The same thing happened in the Prairies, in Saskatchewan, when the Canadian Alliance swept the province. It reflected the concerns of the citizens at the time.
You both spoke about the need to put in place a reform that would rely more on proportional representation. I appreciate that. Your arguments touch me, and you have convinced me completely. Unfortunately, I don't think the current government will go for this approach. When it said it wanted to change the voting system, it was the second opposition party. Now, in the current system, it has a majority government.
I say this because we saw the same thing in Quebec. Both the Parti Québécois and the Liberal Party said that they would carry out electoral reform based on proportionality. But once they were in power, and had been well served by the current system, they did not.
Should there not be proportionality-based reform, what other measures that fit with your aspirations and values could be adopted as part of this reform?
For example, would it be interesting for the current government to put in place a preferential voting system?
Ms. Deguire, you have already partially answered my question by answering Mr. Cullen.
Alternatively, should we establish a system for publicly financing political parties where, because of this financial support, each vote would count for more?
For example, should seats be set aside for first nations in each province?
Starting with Ms. Deguire, I'd like to know what you'd be interested in if reform did not take the direction of a proportional system.