Trudeau Abandons Electoral Reform
Prince George, B.C. – Although it was an election promise, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says his government will not be moving forward with electoral reform.
The decision is made clear in the mandate letter provided to the newly appointed Minister of Democratic Institutions. In the letter, which outlines the expectations and responsibilities for the Ministry ,Trudeau says ““Changing the electoral system will not be in your mandate.”
A committee examining electoral reform has spent the better part of a year working on taking the pulse of voters in the country to see what kind of electoral system they would like. The Committee submitted its report in December and among its highlights:
- 88 per cent of expert witnesses and 87 per cent of the public testimony before the committee called for the government to adopt a proportional voting system.
- The committee also recommended that the government should implement financial incentives for political parties to nominate more women.
- The committee held close to 50 meetings, in every province and territory, and heard from nearly 200 expert witnesses. Tens of thousands of Canadians participated in the consultation process.
- The committee recommended not going forward with mandatory or online voting at this time.