Thank you very much, Mr. Chair.
Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the House of Commons.
I would also like to take this opportunity to greet the student groupwith us today. Welcome. You are seeing democracy in action, and that's what is more interesting.
I also offer my greetings to the people who are with us and who, am I to understand, are no longer in school.
Mr. Chair, I want to take a moment to wish a happy anniversary to everyone, although I'm one day late. A year ago, some of us were re-elected, while others were elected federally for the first time, as is my case.
Our committee has illustrated the very principle of democracy these past few months. We have held over forty meetings. We have travelled from coast to coast. We have met with thousands of Canadians. Every MP, in his or her way, has also held consultations. In fact, many have held meetings with constituents.
As for the Conservatives, many of our members have sent a backgrounder to the public, together with a reply coupon, and 81,000 people gave their opinion. The choice is clear: 91% of people who wrote to us demanded a referendum.
Having said that, each party adopted its own approach, be it the NDP, the Green Party, the Bloc Québécois or the Liberal Party.
In short, for several months, parliamentarians have been wondering about the future of the electoral system. As you know, from our side, we would like a referendum, if by chance there is electoral change. We are open to the discussion, and we feel that, ultimately, it is up to the public to decide.
My question is for you, Mr. Bozinoff and Mr. Schatten, from Forum Research Inc.
You work hard to know where people stand on those issues, and you have been working on that for many years.
Our party and every party has talked a lot about all the facts. We have had plenty of meetings from coast to coast, and thousands of people were involved in our process. Have you seen a change in the minds of people in the last months or years about the electoral system?