SOURCE: The Fraser Institute

The Fraser Institute

June 20, 2016 08:30 ET

Fraser Institute Media Advisory: Must the Federal Government Hold a Referendum Before Changing Canada's Electoral Rules? New Essay Coming Tuesday, June 21

TORONTO, ON--(Marketwired - June 20, 2016) - On Tuesday, June 21, the Fraser Institute will release an essay -- the first in a series on electoral reform in Canada -- spotlighting the conventions that guide governments seeking to change electoral rules (i.e. first-past-the-post).

The current federal government has promised to change the electoral system before the next federal election, and has repeatedly rejected calls for a referendum on the issue. The essay, The Imperative of a Referendum, also examines whether or not any changes to Canada's electoral system, without consent from the electorate via referendum, would be constitutional.

A news release with additional information will be issued via Marketwired at 5:30 a.m. (Eastern) on June 21.

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