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Extension of Sitting Hours   important business in their ridings that they want to be able to discuss in the House of Commons. Opposition days exist for this reason, and there is a certain proportion of days allocated to government business and to opposition business. The government is not respecting this ratio when

May 29th, 2018House debate

Daniel BlaikieNDP

Impact Assessment Act   that report, the government decided to throw it in the wastepaper bin. It is a theme, but the motivation behind that theme is not exactly clear. On the issue of electoral reform, by way of analogy to Bill C-69, one could imagine the government creating a really good proportional

June 6th, 2018House debate

Daniel BlaikieNDP

Extension of Sitting Hours   of those other issues being heard in the right proportion, but if we extend the sitting hours as the original motion proposes to do, which is to treat only government business during those extended hours, then we have a situation in which the government is getting not just more House

May 29th, 2018House debate

Daniel BlaikieNDP

Extension of Sitting Hours   clear that the opposition is entitled to a certain proportion of the time in the House to bring forward the issues that matter, not just to it as the opposition but also to many Canadians whose view the opposition brings to this House and who are not represented within the government

May 29th, 2018House debate

Daniel BlaikieNDP

Canada Elections Act   that came out of an all-party committee on electoral reform, which many pundits predicted would not be able to come to a majority opinion on how to proceed with electoral reform, but it did. It recommended a referendum on proportional representation. That idea got quashed, even though

February 7th, 2018House debate

Daniel BlaikieNDP

Extension of Sitting Hours   and they got to whine, so let us move on. That seems to be the attitude of the government in this motion. However, if the rationale for the supply days, or opposition days as they are more commonly known, was that the opposition deserved to have a certain proportion of the time to address

May 29th, 2017House debate

Daniel BlaikieNDP

Business of Supply   a proportional system and over 90% of the experts said that a proportional system was the best for Canada. Then we heard all sorts of possible solutions, possible voting systems, and possible proposals. The government had but to pick one and put it to Canadians, but before it could

February 9th, 2017House debate

Daniel BlaikieNDP

Business of Supply   preference, was that it had an alternate ballot. The result of that referendum was a call for mixed member proportional representation, which the Liberal government in P.E.I. decided to ignore. There are some similarities. It is not in respect to what people want. It is the behaviour

February 9th, 2017House debate

Daniel BlaikieNDP

Salaries Act   and then have to go back and reverse it because there was something they did not know. That is important. It may be odd for the member, but I am thinking about this in terms of the feedback we got on electoral reform. One of the important arguments for proportional representation is getting

October 19th, 2016House debate

Daniel BlaikieNDP

Electoral Reform committee  I'll claim my piece of the linear pie here and say that it may well be true under a pure proportional system, but it's important not to.... I mean, part of what we've been doing is hearing about the various kinds of proportional systems that you can bring in. For instance

July 26th, 2016Committee meeting

Daniel BlaikieNDP

Business of Supply   in Atlantic Canada, they got 100% of the seats. I wonder if the member would agree that this very debate is one of the reasons why we need proportional representation in Canada.

September 22nd, 2016House debate

Daniel BlaikieNDP

Electoral Reform committee  Thank you very much for joining us for what is our evening and for talking about your various electoral systems. One of the witnesses we heard today, who is not an advocate for any form of proportional representation, said that one of the real dangers—and he seemed quite

July 26th, 2016Committee meeting

Daniel BlaikieNDP

Electoral Reform committee   capable of being politically enlightened in that sense under a first past the post system, the same kind of goodwill and political enlightenment wouldn't mitigate toward less regional politics within a proportional representational system. I've been struggling with the presentation

July 26th, 2016Committee meeting

Daniel BlaikieNDP

Electoral Reform committee  I want to follow up on the question of regionalism in Canadian politics and the voting system. In your presentation, you say that one of the positives of proportional representation is that parliamentary groups and main parties would have MPs from right across the country. I'm

July 26th, 2016Committee meeting

Daniel BlaikieNDP

Electoral Reform committee  Thank you very much. We've heard a fair bit from Mr. Carty concerning his views about the impact a proportional system might have on regionalism in Canadian politics. I came of age in an era in which, under the first past the post system, Canadian politics was intensely

July 25th, 2016Committee meeting

Daniel BlaikieNDP