The NDP wanted hearings across the country to give voters a chance to learn about the rule changes and express their views where they live.
However the Conservative government rushed the bill through second reading in the House and says anyone who wants to talk about the legislation is welcome to come to Ottawa and testify at committee.
The government expects to have the legislation, which it has dubbed the Fair Elections Act, through the Commons by the summer break and passed by the Senate by next fall in order to give Elections Canada time to enact the changes for the 2015 general election.
New Democrats, Liberals, Bloc Quebecois MPs, two Green party MPs and former Conservative Brent Rathgeber all voted to take the hearings out to Canadians, but they were defeated 145-131 after the Conservatives unanimously rejected the proposal.
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