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P.E.I. case shows referendums not ‘decisive tool’ to gauge opinion on electoral reform: Cullen

By Marco Vigliotti      

Conservative MP Scott Reid says the P.E.I. plebiscite results undermine the PM's argument.

NDP electoral reform critic Nathan Cullen hailed the results of a referendum on voting systems in P.E.I. last week as 'historic,' though pointed to a subsequent debate about turnout as evidence that these sorts of votes can be skewed to advance competing narratives. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
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NDP MP Nathan Cullen says the results of last week's plebiscite in Prince Edward Island on electoral reform show that referendums are not the decisive tool for determining the mood of the public that the federal Conservatives would like to believe, despite proportional representation, which the NDP supports, emerging as the choice of voters. "The referendum has been held and those who don't like the results are trying to undercut it. So, it's not the decisive tool that some people

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