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Electoral Reform committee  You can't do proportionality without making rural ridings bigger.

September 27th, 2016Committee meeting

John Duncan

Electoral Reform committee  You can't do two member ridings without making rural ridings bigger.

September 27th, 2016Committee meeting

John Duncan

Electoral Reform committee   this, and I'd like the Honourable John Duncan to tell us about this as a person who represented a large riding for so many years. The way the redistribution of seats typically works is that the relative size of a riding by population doesn't change over time. We add seats to account

September 27th, 2016Committee meeting

Pat KellyConservative

Electoral Reform committee  I can talk about the example of the north island. The southern part of the north island riding is growing very quickly, and the rest is not. What was 90:10 will soon be 92:8 and 94:6 probably. We had an opportunity in this last redistribution in which British Columbia got six ne

September 27th, 2016Committee meeting

John Duncan

Electoral Reform committee  To me that seems that 15% is the only solution. Mr. Duncan, you talked about the challenges of large ridings. Do you think adding 15% to the area that you represented would be an unreasonable additional burden? Where is that line between what's workable and what's not?

September 27th, 2016Committee meeting

John AldagLiberal

Electoral Reform committee  It's not workable. There have been statements here today about how all of this can be handled because we have these electoral boundaries commissions that do such a great job. Well, we went from six ridings to seven on Vancouver Island. We have the population for seven. They made

September 27th, 2016Committee meeting

John Duncan

Electoral Reform committee  I do share that and to insist that there's no constitutional ramifications to doing this without the approval of the people is not correct. There would be ramifications from the provinces, from citizens groups, or from somewhere. I have no doubt this would be challenged.

September 27th, 2016Committee meeting

John Duncan

Electoral Reform committee  Yes and you have to imbue your staff with the same philosophy.

September 27th, 2016Committee meeting

John Duncan

Electoral Reform committee  There were some statements at the all-candidates meetings. It generated some interest, but I can tell you that in 19 years I never had somebody come to me and say, “I want a dual member district.” This is not in the conversation. In my opinion with the two referendums we had in B

September 27th, 2016Committee meeting

John Duncan

Electoral Reform committee  Thank you. I actually did a little research, I'm the second-longest serving member of Parliament from Vancouver Island in the history of Canada, and the first is from the same area. His name was Alan Webster Neill. He was a Progressive and an Independent, and the Liberals never

September 27th, 2016Committee meeting

John Duncan

Electoral Reform committee  Well there are other options available to a government if they don't have representation in a region. They can put people in cabinet that are not members of Parliament but are acceptable within that region. There are mechanisms. I'm not arguing for the status quo, however. My po

September 27th, 2016Committee meeting

John Duncan

Electoral Reform committee  No, you're not going to get me to say that.

September 27th, 2016Committee meeting

John Duncan

Electoral Reform committee  It happened very rarely. I actually had people tell me they did vote for me more often than they said they didn't. Maybe I'm different from other people, but I enjoyed working on behalf of people who did not support me, just to prove to them how wrong they were. That, over time

September 27th, 2016Committee meeting

John Duncan

Electoral Reform committee  What I'm finding in a lot of this discussion is that we're really talking about the fact that people who do not vote for their member of Parliament are somehow not represented. I agree with Ms. Romanado: every MP I know is constantly trying to make their tent bigger. If they're n

September 27th, 2016Committee meeting

John Duncan

Electoral Reform committee  I'm very pleased to see that so many people from Saanich—Gulf Islands made it all the way to Victoria. I want to start by thanking all three of our witnesses, I'm very glad to see my old friend John Duncan here, so if he says something you don't like, be nice. I'm even

September 27th, 2016Committee meeting

Elizabeth MayGreen