October 24, 2006
Ontario plans referendum on electoral reform in next provincial election
TORONTO (CP) - Ontario voters could be casting ballots for more than just who represents them when they head to the polls next October.
They could be voting to change the election process.
Intergovernmental Affairs Minister Marie Bountrogianni is introducing legislation that would allow a referendum question on electoral reform to go on next year's ballots.
The question will depend on what recommendation, if any, is put forth by a citizens assembly tasked with reviewing the current system.
There's been a growing push across Canada to change elections so winners more closely reflect the popular vote.
Bountrogianni says the legislation is a necessary step because Ontario doesn't have any laws allowing referendums.