Progressive Canadian Party responds to Activists gear up for 'historic opportunity' to usher in proportional representation PDF Print E-mail
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Progressive Canadian Party responds to
Activists gear up for 'historic opportunity' to usher in proportional representation

For Immediate Release April 18, 2016

Newmarket, Ont. -
The Progressive Canadian Party responded today to this statement "We have a historic opportunity at the national level for voting reform," quoted in the article "Activists gear up for 'historic opportunity' to usher in proportional representation."
http://rabble.ca/news/2016/04/activists-gear-historic-opportunity-to-usher-proportional-representation
 
While electoral reform is fashionable, particularly among those who seek to benefit their own political parties or movements, real change may require mitigating the unintended consequences of previous changes to the Canada Elections Act and ensuring reforms do not increase the power of parties and party leaders rather than returning the selection of Members of Parliament to the voters of individual Electoral Districts.

Our electoral system, freed of distortions of earlier electoral reforms is clear, simple, and democratic – unlike the alternatives, which are arbitrary, and commonly blindly party partisan.

We elect Members of Parliament to the Parliament of Canada, not parties, movements, or prime ministers.

The Progressive Canadian Party stands ready to work with all holding this belief with the expectation that a national referendum necessary to proceed with the “activists” aim will be defeated as has been the case in referendums held in Provinces.

Members of Parliament from the inception of the House of Commons were chosen to represent their riding constituents. This began to change when political parties were placed on ballots - and when approval of Party Leaders became necessary for a candidate nominated by a Electoral District Association could be placed on the ballot.  In 1974 the Trudeau government introduced the registered political party as an accounting measure but the unintended consequence was to increase further the power of party machines and party leaders through the influence of money in electoral campaign funding.
 
Today Party Organizations are empowered to determine who stands as candidates - not residents of constituencies.  Proportional Representation would reduce the right and duty of  MPs to serve their constituents even further.
 
Rather than return to candidates standing to represent their constituents Proportional Representation places decision making into the hands of Party Officials who select those chose to represent the Party in Parliament - the number being determined by the Canada wide vote - individual Riding votes being of no consequence.  Mixed Member PR creates two classes of MP, the party and the riding MP, creating false majorities when party interest prevails.  Ranked ballots at the riding level are seen elsewhere in the Commonwealth as complex and confusing, with as many as 20 and thirty candidates per riding, as in the case of Australian Senate election.
 
The Liberal Party campaign promises to make 2015 the last first-past-the-post (fptp) election in an election defined by voter intention to remove this government's predecessor is neither binding or a mandate to change how this country is governed; indeed, the intention of the previous government to do just that by other means was their undoing.
 
A Supreme Court of Canada reference is necessary on the constitutionality of any proposal brought forward for such fundamental change to Canada's democracy, with or without public consultation in citizen assemblies or other means. Even if any such proposal to change Canada's parliamentary democracy fundamentally is found to be constitutional, it is not enough to be within the basic law of Canada. Such fundamental change would require the further endorsement of a large majority of the citizen's of Canada, no less than did the Charlottetown Accord.
 
Our electoral system, freed of distortions of earlier electoral reforms is clear, simple, and democratic - unlike the alternatives, which are arbitrary, and commonly blindly party partisan.
 
We elect Members of Parliament to the Parliament of Canada, not parties, movements, or prime ministers.
 
The Progressive Canadian Party stands ready to work with all holding this belief with the expectation that a national referendum necessary to proceed with the "activists" aim will be defeated as has been the case in referendums held in Provinces.

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For more information contact:
The Hon. Sinclair Stevens,
Leader, PC Party
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1-888-666-3821
 
Brian Marlatt
PC Party candidate-of-record South Surrey-White Rock,
Electoral Reform Spokesman This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Skype
 
Previous Party statements on the issue of Electoral Reform:
http://pcparty.org/index.php/component/content/article/168
http://pcparty.org/index.php/component/content/article/169
http://progressivecanadian.ca/index.php/component/content/article/170  
 

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