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Richmond Centre Electoral District
Parliamentarians were given until October 14, 2016 to submit a report to the Special Committee on Electoral Reform. The following is the report that was sent to the committee.
October 14, 2016
Report to the Special Committee on Electoral Reform
To the Special Committee on Electoral Reform,
Our office conducted a broad survey of Richmond Centre constituents. Feedback was solicited through Canada Post (via a Householder submission that was mailed to every residence in Richmond Centre), via telephone, and electronic (Internet) submissions. Through each medium, we asked constituents whether they supported holding a referendum to obtain the approval of Canadians before changing the voting system, in addition to other questions concerning electoral reform.
Our office did not elect to hold a “town hall” as we sought to engage as many constituents as possible instead of holding a single event at a single location.
We obtained approximately 1,800 submissions through our solicitations of feedback on electoral reform.
On being asked whether a referendum should be held on electoral reform before changing the way MPs are elected:
89% supported holding a referendum;
9% did not support holding a referendum;
2% were undecided or had no opinion.
In general, the people that supported a referendum were mixed in favour of maintaining the existing system and in favour of changing the system from the existing first-past-the-post system, but both groups desired public ratification via referendum to confirm their desired option.
The people that expressed opposition to a referendum generally cited two reasons: one was the cost of holding a referendum, the other was concerns that a referendum would result in a “Brexit”-type fear.
The constituents of Richmond Centre are overwhelmingly in favour of holding a referendum before any changes to the electoral system are enacted.
Hon. Alice Wong, P.C., M.P.
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