â€œOnce again, the Minister appears to be undercutting the work of the Electoral Reform Committee,â€� said Nathan Cullen who serves as the NDP Critic for Democratic reform and also sits on the Committee. â€œWe are working hard to come to a consensus proposal, but the Minister is forging ahead before we have even made our recommendation. This is the epitome of bad faith from the government.â€�
A recent media report indicates that the government plans to send a postcard to every household in Canada, seeking their response to various survey questions on our voting system. It is unclear how the questions will be framed but the Ministerâ€™s office has admitted that they will not ask about specific options for electoral reform.
â€œNearly nine out of ten expert witnesses, and the vast majority of Canadians who have participated in consultations, all recommend moving towards a fair voting system which is proportional,â€� said Alexandre Boulerice, NDP Deputy Critic for Democratic Reform and also sits on the Committee. â€œAre Liberals preparing to use these vague surveys to justify imposing their own preference because they donâ€™t like what theyâ€™ve heard from Canadians?â€�
Last week, Fair Vote Canada tabulated the testiony of expert witnesses heard by the Committee and found that 87% recommended Proportional Representation, which Minister Monsef has been reluctant to support. Another analysis found that of the 428 Canadian who took part in the Committeeâ€™s open-mic town halls, 88% expressed support for a voting system which is proportional.
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