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Conservative party sets ultimatum for electoral reform: no agreement without referendum

By Tim Naumetz      

Conservative MPs held 'household' votes over the summer months, finding a 90 per cent support for a referendum.

"We have a bottom line, there will be no consensus that includes the Conservative party that does not include a referendum, with a clear question, held independently,” Conservative MP Scott Reid said Oct. 14. The Hill Times Photograph by Jake Wright

The Conservative party has set a national referendum as a “bottom line” demand for its MPs to be part of any consensus from a special House of Commons Committee charged with investigating possible reforms to Canada’s federal electoral system.

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