Referenda in Canada

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National referendums are seldom used in Canada. The first two referendums saw voters in Québec and the rest of Canada take dramatically opposing stands, the third saw most of the voters take a stand dramatically opposed to that of the politicians in power.

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National referendums

Referendum on prohibition

Plebiscite on conscription

The Question:

Referendum on the Charlottetown Accord

The Question:

Proposed referendums

During the Canadian Federal election of 2004, the NDP stated that it would require the federal government to hold a national referendum on electoral reform (specifically Proportional Representation) for support from the NDP should the Liberals win a minority government. The Liberals won a minority, and the NDP announced they would press for electoral reform through a referendum (the two other parties in the House of Commons, the Conservatives and Bloc Québécois, have historically supported electoral reform and are expected to support NDP legislation on a national referendum). The possibility of a national referendum on electoral reform was made more likely through the throne speech that opened Parliament in October, 2004, in which Former Prime Minister Paul Martin included electoral reform in his plan for the next Parliament. So far Conservative Prime Minister Stephen Harper has not made any moves towards reform of the electoral system.

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