Justin Trudeau failed spectacularly in his attempt to manipulate our electoral system for partisan advantage.
His unstated goal was to change the way we have elected our Members of Parliament since Confederation by introducing ranked or preferential ballots.
It was not until an hour after he declared the initiative dead in the water that he finally came clean about his preference.
Since Liberals are currently the second choice of most Conservative and NDP voters, that system would have bolstered their chances of winning elections for as long as they are forecasting deficits, which is to say at least midcentury.
The electoral reform gambit laid bare Liberal arrogance, cynicism and opportunism, culminating in a betrayal of the public trust.
That is quite a litany of abuses.
But it is not exaggerated, as a review of the sordid story clearly reveals.
Let’s look back at what happened step by step, starting with Trudeau’s imperious declaration that the 2015 election would be the last using “first past the post.”
Reneging on this promise last week was the right decision. Still, commentators are debating whether it was a broken promise or a lie.
Actually it was both.
WATCH as I explain.