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Justin Trudeau's Government to Abandon Commitment to Reform Federal Election System

GrumpyGuyGrumpyGuy Member
edited February 2017 in Society

Justin Trudeau's Liberal government is abandoning a commitment to reform the federal electoral system.

A new mandate letter issued to Minister of Democratic Institutions Karina Gould, released publicly on Wednesday, says "changing the electoral system will not be in your mandate." 

Opposition MPs blasted the Liberal government's move as a cynical betrayal. 

"There has been tremendous work by the House of Commons Special Committee on Electoral Reform, outreach by Members of Parliament by all parties, and engagement of 360,000 individuals in Canada through," Trudeau writes in his letter to Gould.

"A clear preference for a new electoral system, let alone a consensus, has not emerged. Furthermore, without a clear preference or a clear question, a referendum would not be in Canada's interest. Changing the electoral system will not be in your mandate."


  • See Matt - this just reinforces what you said in the other thread about the systems not being allowed to change.

    "A clear preference for a new system" has not been found.  Of course, they don't elaborate on this statement at all.  I'm sure part of the problem is that few Canadians believe a new system can be implemented, and that fewer still care to even consider the problem because they've given up on politics.

    Now Disney Prince Trudeau and his team have broken a commitment they made that helped them to get voted in, and everyone will be expected to just shrug and carry on.

    The sad thing is that Canada's federal electoral system is in dire need of a vast emergency overhaul.  An overhaul that will likely never happen, especially in the wake of this event.
  • Matt_ADMIN_Matt_ADMIN_ Administrator
    It was probably calculated that these reforms would allow the introduction of too many new parties or independents into the mix, and so the dominant spheres of influence (the one party, three systems approach) would be interrupted
    "...Say, 'GOD is sufficient for me.' In Him the trusters shall trust." (Quran 39:38)
  • So, what you're saying Matt, is that the PTB's are worried that an overhaul could upset the status quo?

    We can't have that.  What would the neighbours think.

    "How do you tell a communist?  Well, it's someone who reads Marx and Lenin.  And how do you tell an anti-communist?  It's someone who understands Marx and Lenin."

    *Ronald Reagan*

  • Matt_ADMIN_Matt_ADMIN_ Administrator
    "...Say, 'GOD is sufficient for me.' In Him the trusters shall trust." (Quran 39:38)
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