Justin Trudeau’s promise that the 2015 election would be the last conducted under first-past-the-post could not have been clearer. He and his government repeated it numerous times, including in the Speech from the Throne.
The work of the Electoral Reform Committee was thorough and the Committee heard loud and clear from Canadians, and the vast majority of experts, that Canada should move to a proportional representation system. Today’s announcement that Justin Trudeau and the Liberals are abandoning their clear promise, for no good reason, is the height of cynicism. It is manifestly not in the best interest of the country and is the result of precisely the sort of backroom calculations that turn Canadians off of politics. Mr. Trudeau pledged to do politics differently. Today he has failed utterly to live up to that commitment.