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Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Now that they are in power, the Liberals back away from their unpopular electoral reform proposals

The news that Justin Trudeau's Liberals are backing away from electoral reform should come as no surprise. The system they ran on changing is the one that delivered a majority government to them a year ago. There also is absolutely no indication that much of the public is particularly keen on altering an electoral process that has made Canada one of the most stable, free countries in the history of the world.
The press for Canadian Electoral reform has always been the itch of political crybabies bitter that they have been unsuccessful about getting candidates elected by the old system. Their answer was never to run better candidates, but to try to rig the system in their favor.
Now that it favors the Liberals, and with polls showing overwhelming public support for having a referendum on any change to the system, the Liberals are retreating on the issue. 
While that is good news, Canadians should still be concerned that their government is one that has members who have actually suggested support for unethical electoral practices for the sake of achieving power.
"Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is suggesting electoral reform might not happen after all, despite an election promise that last year's vote would be the last one under the existing system.

And he also suggested there's less need for electoral reform now that the Conservatives are out of power.

Trudeau made the comments in an interview with Quebec newspaper Le Devoir. Speaking in French, he said the Liberal government will only change the first-past-the-post system if Canadians are open to it.

"We're not going to prejudge that it's necessary," Trudeau told Le Devoir.

The prime minister suggested Canadians are happier with the existing system now that Stephen Harper is out of office.

"With the current system, they now have a government with which they're happier. And the need to change the electoral system is less compelling," Trudeau said..."

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