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Justin Trudeau’s Liberal government is abandoning a commitment to reform the federal electoral system.

A new mandate letter issued to Minister of Democratic Institutions Karina Gould, released publicly on Wednesday, says “changing the electoral system will not be in your mandate.”

Opposition MPs blasted the Liberal government’s move as a cynical betrayal.

“There has been tremendous work by the House of Commons Special Committee on Electoral Reform, outreach by Members of Parliament by all parties, and engagement of 360,000 individuals in Canada through mydemocracy.ca,” Trudeau writes in his letter to Gould.

“A clear preference for a new electoral system, let alone a consensus, has not emerged. Furthermore, without a clear preference or a clear question, a referendum would not be in Canada’s interest. Changing the electoral system will not be in your mandate.”

Gould was appointed minister last month, replacing Maryam Monsef.

“Our view has always been clear. Major reforms to the electoral system, changes of this magnitude should not be made if they lack the broad support of Canadians,” Gould told reporters at a news conference convened to comment on her new mandate letter.

“It has become evident that the broad support needed among Canadians for a change of this magnitude does not exist.”

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FredR
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FredR

Don’t think this is over yet. They have “abandoned their pledge”, but they have NOT stated that they not re-introduce a similar motion down the road.

Consider the ideologues in the Liberal backbench and the grey eminences in the backrooms who are salivating at the thought of proportional representation … and thus guaranteed access to the tax trough.

Bait and switch … this is just a lull before the next maneuver.

Paul
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Paul

Is anyone really surprised by this? Well maybe the naive. Trudeau is an empty suit. Some may think he is our obama but that is untrue. PET was our obama and the current clown is just the echo, the little potato. Problem with this clown, he is the type with fangs. His policies will be biting us in the ass for decades to come. AS for the MSM just look tothe states. They did the same to Harper as is being done to Trump and the current crop of canidates for CPC leadership but in the kinder more gentle Canadian… Read more »

jan scheit
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jan scheit

If it’s the voters’ fault for believing Trudeau then it’s the MSM’s fault for making Trudeau credible. They sold us a false narrative in their zeal to oust Harper. Now we’re stuck with a false PM.