Don’t change system without referendum

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Re: “Electoral process must be updated: watchdog,” Sept. 29.

It would be undemocratic to change Canada’s electoral system without first asking Canadians in a referendum whether they prefer the proposed alternative or the status quo. The cost would be minimal if the referendum were held in conjunction with the next general election.

First, Canadians must be informed about how, under any proposed alternative voting system, electoral districts would be redrawn, ballots would be counted, successful candidates would be chosen, and local representation and accountability would change.

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