Local MP Scott Reid wins prestigious award

November 10, 2017 by

ReidScott_CPCOn November 7, local MP Scott Reid (Lanark-Frontenac-Kingston) was awarded “Best Civic Outreach Effort” at the 2017 Maclean’s Parliamentarian of the Year awards.

Winners are selected by a vote among all MPs, conducted by secret ballot. Maclean’s Magazine / L’Actualite oversees the voting.

Reid stated that he believes the reason that other MPs chose him as the best MP at outreach is that he has held nine “constituency referenda” since he was first elected in 2000. The most recent constituency referendum is the mail-in ballot on Bill C-45 (the Government’s proposed law to legalize the recreational use of marijuana). Ballots for this referendum are still being received at Reid’s office, and will determine how Reid votes on this bill.

“After nearly two decades as an MP, I still don’t see any evidence that Canada’s elected representatives are wiser than its citizens. And if the votes of my colleagues are any indication, a lot of other MPs must think the same thing,” Reid says.

As a sign of the credibility that other MPs give to this kind of civic outreach, Reid notes that last year, Liberal Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould made the following comment on his constituency referendum on the bill on physician-assisted suicide (Bill C-14), for which she was the responsible minister:

“If I could, Mr. Chair, I want to thank the member for the thoughtful nature in which he engaged with his constituents around Bill C-14.”

Reid added, “I hope that the Maclean’s / L’Actualite award is an early sign that my colleagues, of all parties, will from time to time start to give their constituents the final say on proposed new laws, and that constituency referenda can help MPs to push back against the pervasive party discipline on Parliament Hill.”

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