Alistair MacGregor Member of Parliament Cowichan—Malahat—Langford
  • Critic for Seniors
  • Deputy Critic for Culture and Heritage

September 16th, 2016

September 2016 Video Update

September 29th, 2016

Alistair asks the Liberals to support his electoral reform bill

Mr. Alistair MacGregor (Cowichan—Malahat—Langford, NDP): Mr. Speaker, this week, the Chief Electoral Officer recommended limiting the length of election campaigns. It just so happens that I have introduced a bill that would cap the election period at 46 days. In the last election, Stephen Harper doubled spending limits by extending the election to 11 long weeks. This cost the taxpayer $440 million. Canadians want to remove the influence of money and attack ads from our elections. Will the Liberals support my bill to limit the length of elections? Mr. Mark Holland (Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Democratic Institutions, Lib.): Mr. Speaker, I want to thank the member opposite for his work on this. The government is anxious to work with him to undo many of the changes that happened in the unfair Elections Act and, also, to specifically look at making sure that both the length of elections and the rules are as fair as possible for everyone. I also want to say that we are very acutely listening to the Chief Electoral Officer's comments on the need to modernize our system, the need to improve it ,and to bring it into the 21st century. I know the party opposite is working hard with us to do that. I hope all members in the House will work with us on this process.