PCs want national referendum on changes to federal elections

Democracy demands input from voters before changes: Goertzen

Manitoba’s Progressive Conservatives are calling for a national referendum before any changes are made to the current first-past-the-post system of electing Canadian federal governments. A vote will be held this afternoon in the legislature on the issue as part of a PC Opposition Day.

“Manitobans and Canadians deserve to have their voices heard before there are significant changes to how federal governments are elected,” said PC house leader Kelvin Goertzen. “Our hope is that all parties represented in the Manitoba legislature will agree it would be undemocratic to institute a new manner of electing governments in Canada without first consulting Manitobans and all Canadians.”

The federal Liberal government has indicated its intention to move away from the first-past-the-post system but has not committed to a national referendum prior to the important changes.

“While we know Manitoba Liberals may not want to stand up and be counted on this and Greg Selinger recently took away Manitobans’ right to a referendum on the PST increase, this issue is too fundamental to our democracy not to bring it forward in our provincial legislature,” added Goertzen.