“Most cynical variety of politician”
Nathan Cullen, the New Democrats’ democratic reform critic, is calling Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is a liar for breaking his promise to reform Canada’s electoral system.
“What Trudeau proved himself today was to be a liar, was to be of the most cynical variety of politician,” said Cullen. “Saying whatever it takes to get elected, then once elected seeking any excuse, however weak, however absent, to justify that lie to Canadians.”
In his Mandate Letter to Karina Gould, the newly-minted Minister of Democratic Institutions, Trudeau stated that “changing the electoral system will not be in your mandate.”
It’s a great betrayal, according to the opposition. As Green Party Leader Elizabeth May puts it: “This betrayal is one felt by all voters, volunteers and activists who worked diligently to make this country’s democracy fairer and stronger through meaningful electoral reform.”
Trudeau told us the 2015 federal election would be the last election under Canada’s anti-democratic first-past-the-post voting system. Then he got a big fat majority after winning 39.5 per cent of the vote. The Trudeau government’s first throne speech even kept the promise alive by promising to “take action to ensure that 2015 will be the last federal election conducted under the first-past-the-post voting system.”
Last year, parliament appointed a 12-member Special Committee on Electoral Reform to identify and study viable alternate voting systems to replace the current system. The committee’s mandate was “to identify and conduct a study of viable alternate voting systems to replace the first-past-the-post system, as well as to examine mandatory voting and online voting, and to assess the extent to which the options identified could advance the following principles for electoral reform:
• effectiveness and legitimacy;
• accessibility and inclusiveness;
• integrity; and
• local representation.”
Trudeau’s mandate letter to Gould states that, after the extensive consultations, “a clear preference for a new electoral system, let alone a consensus, has not emerged.”
Also, note how Trudeau dropped the “bombshell” in this very critical moment when we’re all worked up about President Donald Trump’s Executive Order banning Muslims from Libya, Iran, Iraq, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen from entering the United States, and about Sunday’s Québec mosque terrorist shooting.
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