Perhaps hoping to hide behind the Tumultous Trump’s first weeks in power, Justin Trudeau has rashly walked away from his firm commitment to remedy Canada’s democratic deficit.
He has decided that he prefers the archaic first past the post electoral system, and has ceased any attempts to bring about meaningful electoral reform and make every vote count:
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is abandoning his long-held promise to change the way Canadians vote in federal elections.In a mandate letter for newly appointed Democratic Institutions Minister Karina Gould, Trudeau makes it clear that electoral reform – once top of mind for the Liberal government – is no longer on the agenda.“Changing the electoral system will not be in your mandate,” the prime minister writes in the letter, released Wednesday.
So much for the new era of transparency, honour and truth in Canadian politics.
Trudeau is showing that he is a man who will cut and run when the going gets tough, including ignoring his solemn promises (such as the one that the last election would be the last one under the FPTP system).
I will be resigning as a member of the Liberal Party of Canada, and I encourage others to do the same.
I will also be working with others to make sure that enough voters vote strategically to remove Trudeau from office as prime minister, and to remove the Liberal Party of Canada from office, or at the very least, to reduce it to a minority government.
If the NDP holds the balance of power in the next House, I hope they will use that power to cut a deal with either the Conservative Party or the LPC to ensure meaningful electoral reform, as a price for their support in the House.
What a terrible disappointment to all those who trusted this man!