After spending millions of dollars and countless hours “consulting” with Canadians on electoral reform, Justin Trudeau’s government has walked away from its pledge to change the way we vote.
Trudeau promised repeatedly in the lead-up to 2015’s federal election—as well as since being elected—that 2015 would mark the last time Canadians embraced the first past the post voting system.
Now, in a mandate letter to the new Democratic Institutions Minister Karina Gould, Trudeau says there was no clear consensus, and that a referendum wouldn’t be in the country’s interest.
In other words, he knows—as he has all along—that a referendum would yield a favouring of the status quo.
I’m happy that he walked away from the promise, but that doesn’t mean he shouldn’t be called out for his hypocrisy.
This will come as especially bad news to NDP and Green Party supporters, many of whom voted for Trudeau in no small part due to the hope of future elections giving them the ability to more easily vote their conscience.
Though on policy, this marks a victory, it can’t go unnoticed that Trudeau duped his voters.