On behalf of Canadians who want representative and effective government, I would respectfully demand that any electoral changes abandoning first past the post be subject to a referendum.
I attended the electoral reform consultation September 11, where we formed small groups and had to answer questions like “Do you think voting should be mandatory?”, which had nothing to do with core issues of electoral reform. I thought it was a sham.
I have some questions of my own.
Why has proportional representation utterly failed the people of Spain?
Why has Italy suffered instability with proportional representation?
Why have ranked ballots been a disaster for the people of Australia?
Why do the people of British Columbia reject single transferable vote?
How can we trust the future of Canadian democracy to a committee that meets behind closed doors?
I might trust the Liberals to produce a gender neutral passport, but I don't think I trust them to tackle electoral reform, where so many parties have failed. We respectfully demand a referendum on any electoral changes that abandon 150 years of first past the post.
Consider that the British neo-fascist party had 500,000 voting members at one point and would have certainly sent members to Parliament under proportional representation. They were excluded by first past the post. The Australian Motoring Enthusiast Party recently elected a member due to redistribution of votes and ranked ballots. A member who would have been elected with a simple majority was excluded from government.
I ask that you let all Canadians decide. Canadians must have a referendum on electoral reform.