Wednesday, February 08, 2017

Collateral damage of Justin Trudeau's broken electoral reform promise

There are immediate casualties resulting from Trudeau's broken promise:

It was Trudeau’s oft-stated promise way back when he was leader of the third party that, if elected PM, the 2015 federal election that ultimately gave his Liberals their majority would be the last ever conducted via the first-past-the-post voting system that had served Canadians since 1867.

It was so important that, after firing Monsef, he appointed a 29-year-old MP from Burlington, Ont., Karina Gould, to take her place, making her the youngest ever female cabinet minister in Canadian history.

Before Gould could find a rug for her new office, however, Trudeau pulled it out from under her by breaking his promise on electoral reform, and cancelling it altogether in his mandate letter to Gould.

He had played Canadians for suckers.

More Liberal casualties will come, most likely in 2019: more than three dozen seats won by the Liberals were won by less than 5% of the votes cast.

You better believe that many of those seats will not be won again in 2019 unless the Liberal Party rises up and tells its leader and his advisors that they want a proper plan to bring about electoral reform, implemented before the next election.

If Trudeau waits until then to make new promises about remedying our democratic deficits, no-one in their right mind will believe him.

Prompt, meaningful action to actually ensure the last election was the last one under the old FPTP system is all that will rescue Trudeau's chances of leading a majority government.

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