Zimmer On Electoral Reform – Let Canadians Decide
Prince George, B.C. – When it comes to changing Canada’s electoral system Bob Zimmer has one simple solution – ask Canadians.
The Prince George-Peace River-Northern Rockies Conservative MP concedes he supports the current first-past-the-post system but still thinks it should go to referendum considering the government has signalled it would like to change it.
“I think what’s overarching for me is if Canadians want to do that, then Canadians have the right to do that and vote for that,” says Zimmer. “The bigger problem for me is the fact that one particular government or one particular political party will get to make that decision rather than all Canadians.”
And though some MP’s across the country – including neighbouring NDP MP Nathan Cullen (see previous story here) – are planning town hall’s to engage their constituents on the issue, Zimmer isn’t.
“No, I hadn’t planned to,” he says. “Frankly the issue hasn’t really come up. I’ve heard a few people talk about referendums and if it is going to be changed, that’s what I’d like to see. But for me I just think it’s real simple, go to the people for the decision.”
Unlike some pundits, he doesn’t see a referendum as divisive either.
“I don’t know, we’ve had different referendums about electoral reform in B.C. and it didn’t divide our province,” says Zimmer. “Everybody got a fair shot at having their voice heard and I think the same thing should be done across Canada.”
Earlier this year an all-party parliamentary committee was established to consult Canadians on electoral reform and must submit a report and recommendations to Parliament by December 1, 2016.