Brown surveying riding on electoral reform

In this Nov. 20, 2015, file photo, MP Gord Brown speaks to the Leeds-Grenville Economic Development Summit. (Newswatch Group/Bill Kingston, File)

LEEDS-GRENVILLE – Local MP Gord Brown will be surveying every constituent by mail in order to gauge his riding’s opinion on electoral reform.

The Liberal government ran an election campaign that included a promised change on electoral reform.

The Fraser Institute came out with a new essay this week arguing that the first-past-the-post system is simple, transparent and gives voters the ability to hold governments accountable.

Brown, a Conservative MP, said Thursday he will use his September householder publication, Communicator, to survey people on whether the country should have a referendum on electoral reform.

The flyer would allow him access every household in the immense riding of Leeds-Grenville – Thousand Islands and Rideau Lakes, something that couldn’t be done through open houses, Brown argued.

“This will be the only chance voters in the riding have to comment on the issue,” he said.

Comments and submissions have to be into Brown’s office by the end of the month.