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P.E.I. experience shows more time needed for federal electoral reform, says professor

By Laura Ryckewaert      

An unprecedented plebiscite on electoral reform taking place this fall in Prince Edward Island on options to change its voting system.

Democratic Institutions Minister Maryam Monsef, pictured July 6 with Conservative MP Scott Reid before her testimony at the Special House of Commons Committee on Electoral Reform.
The Hill Times Photograph by Jake Wright

Prince Edward Island will hold an unprecedented plebiscite this fall on options to change its provincial electoral system, but one expert says more time is needed to ensure there's enough public input before making such fundamental changes and he says this should be a lesson federally. “When you’re talking about contemplating fundamental comprehensive electoral reform in Canada, it takes years. You have to start to educate the population about what the ramifications of electoral reform can be; it’s not something that

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