Rex Murphy opined in the National Post yesterday on the process of how the electoral system should be changed in Canada: http://news.nationalpost.com/full-comment/rex-murphy-the-liberal-government-does-not-have-the-right-to-unilaterally-change-our-voting-system
Murphy states that the Government does not have the “right” to change Canada’s voting system without first holding a referendum, but that is not correct. Everyone may have an opinion on whether a Government has the moral authority to change the electoral system, and there may indeed be some changes to the system that the Government does not have the right to do (e.g. those that violate section 3 of the Charter or involve amendments to the Constitution).
But despite Murphy’s objections to the Government proceeding unilaterally on electoral reform, it is indeed possible for them to do so. I for one don’t expect a nation-wide referendum on electoral reform any time soon.