When the Liberals defeated the Conservatives last October, I was disappointed but in a democracy we accept defeat and move on to the challenge of holding a new government to account. What I didn’t expect to see was the way we elect our government to come under attack.
The Liberals tell us it was part of their platform but I don’t think the average voter knew the Liberals planned 2015 as the last election under our first past the post system.
So I was somewhat excited to attend a public town hall with the Minister for Democratic Institutions Maryam Monsef on Friday night to participate in a discussion about it.
Watch as I explain why I was less than satisfied with the experience.
It turned out, I was the only journalist excited or concerned enough to actually show up so I was able to get a few questions in including why the government won’t have a referendum, and why they weren’t more clear during the election that they were ditching the first past the post system.
I also noticed there was a large presence of LeadNow activists at the town hall all wearing purple LeadNow shirts.
LeadNow makes no qualms about the fact they wish to see proportional representation and considering how this group used TIDES funding to unite the split left vote in certain ridings to beat Conservative candidates, I have little doubt they’ll be showing up at these town halls with a purpose too.