Fight for Electoral Reform Continues
Prince George, B.C. – Canadians are gathering on Parliament Hill and in towns and cities across the country today to show their support for electoral reform and to voice opposition to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s decision to renege on one of his key promises during the 2015 federal election campaign.
Liberal leader Trudeau repeated the promise from one end of the country to the other that 2015 would be the last First-Past-The-Post federal election and that the Liberals would introduce electoral reform legislation within 18 months. He sent an all-party electoral reform committee across the country to speak with and gather the opinions of Canadians on their preferences for a new electoral system and his government issued a confusing survey on the issue which failed to ask the basic question, what kind of system do you favour?
Then on February 1st, 2017 the Prime Minister completely abandoned the promise to replace first-past-the-post. And that leads to today’s National Day of Action for a Democracy, called to rally support for electoral reform and to tell members of parliament that they are expected to live up to their word.
Events are planned in several communities besides Ottawa, including Victoria, Nelson, Calgary, Edmonton, Toronto, Orillia, Kingston, Guelph, the Waterloo region, Wolfville, Montreal, Antigonish and St. John’s.
There is no event planned in Prince George at this time, however organizers in other Canadian cities including Vancouver (Feb 26th) are putting together similar events later this month.
Meantime, Trudeau’s promise that “we are committed to ensuring that 2015 will be the last federal election conducted under the first-past-the-post voting system” and pledging to introduce legislation to enact electoral reform within 18 months of forming government remains posted under the “Commitments” section on the Liberal Party of Canada website, which can be found at www.liberal.ca
And a federal NDP petition which seeks support for proportional representation has now gathered close to 100,000 signatures. You can find that petition at www.ndp.ca/keep-fighting-fair-voting