On Oct. 5

Langley MP delivers electoral reform survey results

Langley numbers were delivered to a House of Commons committee.

Langleyites want a referendum on electoral reform, if survey results collected by Langley-Aldergrove MP Mark Warawa are truly representative of the community’s voice.

Of the 556 people who responded, 90 per cent said “yes” to wanting a referendum on the issue.

“Langley residents believe that Canadians should choose how their representatives are elected,” Warawa said when delivering the results to the House of Commons special committee on electoral reform last week.

“If you want to change the rules of democracy, then voters – not politicians – must have the final say,” Warawa said.

The MP sent a survey to “every household” in his riding of Langley-Aldergrove three weeks ago, and while 493 of the surveys back said “yes,” 58 of them said “no” to a referendum.

This is one of the largest responses to a mailer that Warawa has received in all his years in office. He sent out what he described as an info booklet and survey.

The question was worded: “Before changing Canada’s democracy and our voting system, should the government hold a national referendum in order to hear directly from all Canadians?”

He went on to say: “Langley-Aldergrove residents have clearly rejected the Liberal push for electoral reform and are demanding that their voice be heard through a referendum before any changes are made to our democracy.

“Seeking the consent of Canadians is a foundational element of our democracy. It’s the sole basis for legitimizing our institution… On an issue of this importance, I wanted to give everyone in the riding a chance to have their voice heard,” Warawa said.


Just Posted

Giants serve up major defeat to Pats at Langley Events Centre

On the ice, Vancouver G-Men wrap up home stand with a 10-4 win over Regina Friday night.

Outdoor terrace opens at Langley City hall

The outdoor terrace renovation is the final component of the Timms Community Centre renewal.

A GoFundMe for the goats

Matthew Farden surpassed his fundraising goal for Aldergrove’s Happy Herd Farm rescue animals.

Langley Township’s Froese named vice-chair of Mayors’ Council

The Township mayor will be one of the top officials overseeing TransLink.

LETTER: Canada should not be selling weapons abroad

A Langley man is critical of Canada for selling arms that are being used to kill civilians.

Winter weather hits parts of Canada

As some parts of the country brace for cold, parts of B.C. remain warmer than 10 C

Canada’s health system commendable overall but barriers to care remain: UN

The United Nations says Canada’s health care system is “commendable” overall but vulnerable groups still face barriers to quality care.

Unique technology gives children with special needs more independent play

UVic’s CanAssist refined seven prototypes aided by $1.5M government contribution

Kelly Ellard’s boyfriend has statutory release revoked

Darwin Duane Dorozan had several parole infractions that found him ‘unmanageable’

New chair of Metro Vancouver board is Burnaby councillor

The 40-person board is made up of elected officials from 21 cities and one First Nation

Doctor’s note shouldn’t be required to prove you’re sick: poll

70% of Canadians oppose allowing employers to make you get a sick note

German-born B.C. man warns against a ‘yes’ vote on proportional representation

Agassiz realtor Freddy Marks says PR in his home country shows party elites can never be voted out

Fashion Fridays: 5 coats you need this winter!

Kim XO, lets you know the best online shopping tips during Fashion Fridays on the Black Press Media Network

Saskatchewan college honours memory of Humboldt Broncos coach

Darcy Haugan wore jersey No. 22 when he was a star player with the Briercrest College Clippers

Most Read