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Tuesday, 01 November 2016 21:36

We want to vote on voting

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            Local MP Jamie Schmale says nearly 90 percent of the people who responded to his questionnaire across Haliburton-Kawartha Lakes-Brock favour a referendum on electoral reform.

            In the riding, 2,446 people cast ballots and 87 percent of them (2,127 votes) want a

referendum on electoral reform, 11.7 percent (286 votes) were opposed, and 1.3 percent (33 votes) were undecided.

            Nationally 81,389 ballots were cast, and 91 percent (73,740) of respondents were in favour of a referendum, 8.1 percent (6,622) were opposed, and 1.3 percent (1,027) undecided.

            “The Special Committee on Electoral Reform asked to hear from all Canadians,” said Schmale. “Electoral reform is an important issue that impacts all Canadians. I believe that it’s important that all Canadians, not just politicians, have clear input on an issue that will affect the way we elect our country’s leaders.”

            He said “the results are clear. A referendum is what Canadians want and expect when it comes to electoral reform because when you change the rules of democracy, every Canadian deserves a say."

            “Our constituents are engaged, they are passionate and they deserve to have their voices heard,” he said.

            Editor’s note: See the letter entitled What about the other 97 percent, in our Village Voice section, page 4.

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