Electoral reform committee to present recommendations to the House of Commons

The special committee on electoral reform will table its report in the House of Commons this morning, but it is expected to recommend a referendum that pits Canada’s current electoral system against an alternative based on proportional representation.

Members of the committee are scheduled to speak with reporters at 10:30 a.m. ET. will stream that news conference live.

But in a sign that all MPs may not agree on the same recommendations, New Democrats have called their own news conference on the same topic for noon, and the the Liberals on the committee have called a separate one for 12:30 p.m. 

According to sources familiar with the committee’s deliberations, the committee’s recommendations will include a referendum on changing the electoral system.

The committee was struck in June to study alternatives to the current first-past-the-post voting system for federal elections. In last year’s federal campaign, the Liberals committed to forming such a committee and implementing a new system in time for the 2019 election.

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MPs who have spent the last several months studying how Canada’s voting system might change will release their recommendations Thursday. (Peter Power/Canadian press)

The Liberals initially proposed that the committee have six Liberals, three Conservatives and one New Democrat, but agreed to allot the seats differently after opposition complaint.

Instead, the committee included five Liberals, three Conservatives, two New Democrats, one member of the Bloc Québécois and Green MP Elizabeth May — the seats allotted roughly in proportion to the popular vote in 2015.

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