While speaking at a campus gathering recently, Justin was asked a simple question by one student who wanted to know why Trudeau wouldn’t commit to holding a referendum to give all Canadians a chance to decide whether they want to change our voting system or not. His answer was long and rambling yet revealing in some ways.
First, Trudeau claimed that the Liberals put forward a very clear position on changing how we vote in their platform and based on that, he believes they were given a mandate to just move ahead with whatever his government decides. Even if you believe this bogus claim, it doesn’t mean that Canadians who voted for Trudeau thought they wouldn’t be consulted about what form that change would take.
He claimed that Canadians responded “positively” and “massively” to their platform position for this to be the last election under the “first past the post” system. The Liberals received 39% of the vote which, truth be told, is a little bit less than what the Harper Conservatives received in 2011. Can you imagine how Trudeau or any opposition MP would have reacted if Harper had just gone ahead and changed our voting system without a referendum?
And let’s be honest, the Liberals didn’t “sweep the country” based on their promise to change how we vote. Primarily, they got the votes of people who wanted Stephen Harper out and those who wanted bigger cheques from government.
Trudeau went on and on for a while and then he gave the real reason he doesn’t want a referendum.
Quite simply - he’s afraid he’ll lose.
It’s true that referendums on changes to voting systems in provinces across the country have usually been rejected but doesn’t that reflect the will of the people? If you truly believe in democracy and want democratic reform, then you don’t just let the elites at the top decide how the system will work.
Justin likes to go on about how we can get a better system but he has yet to tell us what that is.
Besides, I would argue that Canada has one of the best systems in existence with our Westminster Parliamentary system.
What more does Justin want? Other than the fact that like his father, he simply doesn’t like Canada’s British roots.
If that’s true, he should just admit it and let the people decide if they agree.