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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

Electoral Reform committee  That's not fair. We worked together on a lot.

September 27th, 2016Committee meeting

John Duncan

Electoral Reform committee  Well, I happen to agree with Gordon Gibson that this is probably the most fundamental constitutional question that we have, how we elect our representatives. When he listed his three constitutional quagmires that the Prime Minister should stay away from, this was number one on hi

September 27th, 2016Committee meeting

John Duncan

Electoral Reform committee  He is very familiar with citizens' assemblies, having been involved in the Citizens' Assembly on Electoral Reform in British Columbia in 2004-05—

September 27th, 2016Committee meeting

John Duncan

Electoral Reform committee  It was never a discussion I was party to.

September 27th, 2016Committee meeting

John Duncan

Electoral Reform committee  What I would like to say is that the prairie provinces and British Columbia are not the same entity. We have a long populist history in British Columbia, and we've dealt with a lot of referendums. The words were used today that this is too complicated for a referendum. Well, we

September 27th, 2016Committee meeting

John Duncan

Electoral Reform committee  Things are not too complicated for the population.

September 27th, 2016Committee meeting

John Duncan