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Senate referendum in next general provincial election

Even though the senate is federal jurisdiction, the federal government may modify its view if the residents of the most populous province, containing 38.3% of the population of Canada, are supportive of abolishing the senate, where 22.9% of the seats are allocated to Ontario. The constitution prevents any province from having fewer MPs than the number of senators, so the continuation of the senate effectively discriminates against Ontario. Referenda increase political participation rates, based on studies of US state referenda, and should be held in conjunction with the next provincial election to maximize voter turnout.

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Idea No. 71