North Okanagan-Shuswap MP wants to know how local voters feel about electoral reform

North Okanagan-Shuswap MP Mel Arnold.

VERNON - You might have noticed some pamphlets and response ballots in your mailbox recently from North-Okanagan Shuswap MP Mel Arnold, who is seeking input on electoral reform.

The federal government is proposing changes to Canada’s system of calculating election results but has yet to provide a plan with a clear description of what they propose to change or how the changes would be made, Arnold states in a media release.

“In the absence of any clear proposal from the government on what or how they envision changing our system of voting, I believe it is appropriate to provide voters in Canada the opportunity to vote in a referendum to determine if this is something Canadians actually want,” Arnold says.

He says the Conservative Party has been advocating for a national referendum on the matter to provide every Canadian voter the opportunity to vote on the question of whether or not Canada’s longstanding system of calculating votes should be changed.

“Changing our system of democracy is a serious matter that should be based on the will of the people and a clear understanding of what that change may be,” Arnold says. “I sincerely hope that all constituents will take the opportunity to provide me their input on this very important national question.”

The information pamphlet mailed to all residences in the North Okanagan-Shuswap riding includes a ballot that can be mailed back to MP Arnold’s office with which constituents can indicate whether or not they favour a referendum on electoral reform.


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