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Foothills MP John Barlow favours referendum of electoral reform

John Barlow

John Barlow

Foothills MP John Barlow wants Canadians to have a say on electoral reform.
Barlow said last week a referendum is needed on changes planned by the Liberal government.
“On its own, the Liberal government does not have the mandate to change our electoral system,” Barlow said. “When recommending a fundamental change to our democracy every Canadian must have input, a decision of this magnitude must go to a referendum.”
“This could change how your vote is counted, how our government is chosen, therefore, regardless of who you voted for or which party you support it is imperative you have a say in potential changes to our electoral system.”
Barlow encourages residents of Fort Macleod and district to sign a petition calling for a referendum.
The petition is sponsored by Scott Reid, a Conservative MP for the Lanark-Frontenac-Kingston riding.
The petition, titled e-48, is available through the House of Commons’ new e-petition system.
“When you change the rules of democracy, everyone gets to have a say,” interim Conservative leader, Rona Ambrose said. “If the Liberals want to make a fundamental change to our country’s voting system, the process must not be dominated by one political party’s interests.”
The petition is at https://petitions.parl.gc.ca/en/Petition/Details?Petition=e-48.
“I encourage everyone to sign this petition asking the Liberal government to hold a referendum on electoral reform,” Barlow said.

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