Saturday, November 26, 2016

Are the Liberals being honest with Canadians over electoral reform?

It seems that Andrew Coyne doubts this (my bolding and underlining):

A third point where the government’s devious slip is showing: electoral reform, and the public consultations in which a special parliamentary committee has been engaged these past several months. There is no debating this: as a matter of public record, the overwhelming majority of the representations made to the committee, whether from experts or members of the public, favoured some form of proportional representation. Yet the Minister of Democratic Institutions, Maryam Monsef, in what can only be described as an attempt to gaslight the committee, maintains that the consultations revealed “no consensus” on the way forward, while the government readies a separate consultation process, developed in secret, with which to cast doubt on the committee’s findings.

If Coyne is correct, then there is a separate process being held by the Liberal government, apart from the publicly launched, publicly supported, and “official” process now taking place.

I hope that PM Trudeau is paying close attention to the electoral reform process. His future as a one-term versus several-terms prime minister depends on his government being  honest, and delivering meaning electoral reform, with no more elections being held under the archaic first past the post system.

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