Council of Canadians chapters are speaking out against Prime Minister Justin Trudeau abandoning his promise of electoral reform.
The Nelson, Victoria, Winnipeg, Sudbury, Northumberland, Kitchener-Waterloo, Guelph, Quinte, Peterborough-Kawarthas, Ottawa, Montreal, Fredericton, Saint John and St. John’s chapters are taking part in a national day of action today.
The Toronto Star reports, “Trudeau promised Canadians that 2015 would be the last election conducted under the first-past-the-post electoral system. On Saturday, that now-broken promise sent protesters into the streets across the country for a national day of action. There were rallies planned for 29 cities across Canada. His decision to scrap the plan undoes months of work by a special House of Commons committee, two separate public engagement and consultation exercises, numerous MP town hall meetings and one cross-country ministerial tour.”
Since the last federal election, 28 chapters have called for proportional representation by making presentations to that House of Commons committee, attending consultations with the federal minister of democratic institutions, attending MP town halls, meeting with their MPs, organizing their own public events, handing out leaflets, publishing articles in local newspapers, and holding workshops.
Winnipeg (CBC photo)