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British-born Canadian Conservative MPs use Brexit vote to push for referendum on electoral reform

By Christopher Guly      

Tony Clement says that if the British are given the chance to decide whether to leave or stay within the European Union in a referendum, 'it’s not so much to ask Mr. Trudeau to allow a referendum to decide on the future of how we elect our MPs.'

Conservative MP Tony Clement, right, says the U.K. referendum on leaving the EU was an 'act of democracy,' while caucus colleague Peter Kent felt outside politicians, including Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, crossed the line in publicly declaring their support for the 'remain' side in the referendum. The Hill Times photographs by Andrew Meade

The way Brits voted in last Thursday’s United Kingdom referendum on leaving the European Unions should provide Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government direction with how it approaches some key domestic and international issues, say Conservative MPs with ties to Britain. With a 72 per cent voter turnout, 52 per cent voted to leave the 28-nation European Union, while 48 per cent voted to stay. “I celebrate the act of democracy that is a referendum,” said Conservative foreign affairs critics Tony

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