Friday, November 10, 2000

Heel! Alliance Party MPs on a leash

Does Alliance really believe that youth crime, immigration and abortion are issues that can be settled definitively by referendum? Suppose pro-life groups lose; would they stop opposing a woman's right to choose? I don't think so. This arrangement gives the idea of a neverendum referendum new meaning. And this policy, contrary to its claims, seems designed to give some special-interest groups extraordinary power. If a group opposed to a law or in favour of a policy can attract 400,000 signatures, a referendum must be held. It is not advice to Parliament; it is an automatic requirement. Talk about a capacity to set the national agenda. For special interests, that's leverage beyond their wildest dreams.
— David Cameron, Globe and Mail, November 10, 2000

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