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Simcoe North Federal Liberals’ Submission to the Special Parliamentary Committee on Electoral Reform

Posted on October 6, 2016

The Simcoe North Federal Liberals made a detailed submission to the Special Parliamentary Committee on Electoral Reform today, sharing insights on this important issue.

At the riding association meeting on September 15th, 2016, the Simcoe North Federal Liberals passed a resolution indicating that:

  • We support electoral reform, and not the status quo;
  • We endorse the five principles guiding the work of the Special Committee; and
  • We wish to see ‘made in Canada’ electoral reform that respects our diversity and geography, and borrows from the best electoral systems around the world, in place on time for the 2019 federal election.

The submission revealed the results of a survey of Simcoe North residents on a variety of questions relating to electoral reform.

The survey was disseminated via a variety of means including traditional media (two newspaper stories), Facebook posts and shares, email, and word of mouth.

Participation in the survey was robust, and there was representation from all eight municipalities and both First Nations in Simcoe North.

In total, 566 Simcoe North residents participated in the survey, and there were 458 completed responses.

Here are just a few of the highlights of the survey:

  • 78% of respondents said the existing First-Past-The-Post (FPP) system of voting should be replaced
  • 80% feel that Proportional Representation represents an improvement over FPP
  • 79% feel that Ranked Balloting represents an improvement over FPP
  • 55% said Proportional Representation is the best alternative to FPP, 45% chose Ranked Balloting

To read the full submission to the Special Parliamentary Committee on Electoral Reform, and see the full survey findings, go to Simcoe North Federal Liberals’ Electoral Reform Submission.

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