PM Acted Like a ‘Spoiled Child’ in Dismissing Electoral Reform: Cullen
Prince George, B.C. – A day following the federal government’s decision to officially abandon electoral reform and Skeena-Bulkley Valley NDP MP Nathan Cullen is still fuming.
“My anger, while it’s cooled a bit it is hardened by resolve. I feel betrayed by this prime minister and I think I’m not the only Canadian feeling that way because we believed him when he repeated 1,836 times, over and over, that he would follow through on his commitment to change our voting system.”
Cullen, who chaired the all-party electoral reform committee that criss-crossed the country for about four months last year, estimates the effort cost taxpayers at least $3 million dollars.
“So, flying people around, that ridiculous survey, that mydemocracy.ca thing they did where they sent every Canadian a post card and ran those stupid questions that never actually asked the question: do you want to change our voting system, if you do what kind of voting system do you want?”
He likens the Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s decision to that of a spoiled child who doesn’t get his way.
“Who couldn’t get what he wanted and said he’d take his marbles and kill the whole game.”
Despite the decision, Cullen says he won’t give up on his desire to see the voting system changed from a first-past-the-post model to a proportional voting system where MPs are elected based on the numbers of votes each party receives.
“I poured my heart and soul into this – a lot of time away from family – I’m also thinking about the hundreds of thousands of Canadians who in good faith came out to town halls and went online and phoned in their opinions,” he says.
“They believed the prime minister so no, I’m not done with this – he’s kicked a hornet’s nest.”
Neighbouring MP, Cariboo-Prince George Conservative MP Todd Doherty, was also critical of the prime ministers’ decision.
“He had a preferred system (ranked ballot) and when it was evident he wasn’t going to get that system you got what we heard yesterday,” he said.
“I think the comments that were heard from those who were there, whether it was Elizabeth May or Nathan Cullen or other members of parliament, they summed it up quite adequately.”