|Trudeau vs Reformer Murray|
The Liberal Party's first step in a Federal election should be reengaging people who have given up on politics, says leadership contender Justin Trudeau.
“We need to reengage citizens across this country with the idea of being citizens,” Trudeau said at an appearance at the West Town Bar and Grill in Hamilton Saturday afternoon.
“Being a citizen is more than just paying your taxes and voting and obeying the law. It's about understanding that you are responsible for the society of which you are part,” he said.
While addressing a crowd of onlookers at the Locke Street restaurant, Trudeau lamented that Canadians are becoming cynical about politics.
“But we're sick and tired of being cynical about politics,” he added.
“Everywhere across the country, I keep hearing that people are sick of feeling disconnected. We elect people to be our voices in Ottawa and what we get instead is Ottawa's voices here to us.”
To that end, the Montreal-area MP says he's hoping to reach out to voters in the 18 to 25 age bracket who traditionally cast ballots at low levels.
“They have an awareness to the importance of activism and advocacy,” Trudeau said. “They just don't feel like politics is a worthwhile use of their time.”
Why does Trudeau continue to support an electoral reform policy that is doomed to failure after the 2015 election, when a realistic, proven means of reengaging citizens in their country's politics has been successfully used in dozens of other countries?
His preference is a preferential vote, and he seems to believe that a modified proportional representation system "does not represent Canadians":
I do not support proportional representation because I believe deeply that every Member of Parliament should represent actual Canadians and Canadian communities, not just political parties. I support a preferential ballot because I believe it will lead to a more substantive and civil debate during elections and a more representative government afterward.
There is almost zero chance of the preferential ballot system being accepted by the NDP or the CPC after the 2015 election, which is most likely to result in a minority government.
Why on earth would the NDP agree to a preferential ballot system which will probably result in Conservative supporters throwing their weight behind Liberal candidates for MP as their second choice, and NDP supporters choosing Liberal candidates as their second choice, with Liberal supporters split between the CPC, Green and NDP candidates for second choice?
A moment's thought will lead you to the conclusion that the preferential ballot system will harm the NDP the most of all 3 major parties. Mulcair has indicated he will implement a modified proportional representation system to replace the archaic first past the post system, and so has May.
Trudeau is the only leader out of step, and seems wedded to the preferential vote system because it will improve the "tone" in Parliament.
Disengaged Canadians don't want an improvement in "tone" in Parliament. They want real reform, that makes very vote count, that means their votes count, and their views will be represented in Parliament.
Cosmetic reform like the preferential ballot just does not cut it.
And Justin Trudeau's reasons for not supporting modified proportional representation are simplistic, to say the least.
The chances of any meaningful electoral reform after the 2015 election if Justin Trudeau is leader of our party are minimal.
What a pity.