October 24, 1997 (36th Parliament, 1st Session)


Deepak Obhrai


Mr. Deepak Obhrai (Calgary East, Ref.)

Mr. Speaker, this weekend we celebrate the anniversaries of two milestones for democracy in Canada.
Five years ago this Sunday, on October 26, 1992, millions of Canadians had a rare taste of grassroots democracy when they cast their votes in a national referendum on constitutional change. Ordinary Canadians resoundingly rejected the special status, distinct society laden Charlottetown accord. By doing so, they also rejected the top down process by which that accord was drafted. Canadians set an important precedent that day. Never again will they allow political elites to dictate our constitutional future.
Four years ago tomorrow, millions of Canadians defied conventional wisdom and set another democratic landmark. They voted Reform by the millions. On that day 51 new Reform MPs joined the Reform member who is now the member for Edmonton North.
These are two great dates, two dates that mark the coming of age for democracy in this country. Reformers everywhere should be proud.

Topic:   Statements By Members
Subtopic:   The Constitution
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