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Liberals refuse to apologize for breaking promise on electoral reform

2015 Liberal ‘Real Change’ platform on electoral reform

The Trudeau government has defeated a motion in the House of Commons that would have had them apologize for breaking their promise to implement electoral reform by the time of the 2019 federal election.

The motion stated that “in the opinion of the House, the government misled Canadians on its platform and Throne Speech commitment ‘that 2015 will be the last federal election conducted under the first-past-the-post voting system,’ and that the House call on the government to apologize to Canadians for breaking its promise.”

The Canadian Press reports, “The motion put forward in the House of Commons by the New Democrats was rejected 175 to 129 Tuesday. …The Conservatives, the Bloc Quebecois and Green party leader Elizabeth May voted with the New Democrats on the opposition day motion.”

After the vote, NDP critic for electoral reform Nathan Cullen stated, “Canadians expected more from this prime minister. They believed that he was going to be different, and this betrayal of such a black-and-white promise shows him to be, unfortunately, more of the cynical same. Believe me when I say this ain’t over.”

E-616, a House of Common e-petition that calls on the Government to “Immediately, declare its on-going commitment to ensuring the 2015 election be the last Federal Canadian election under the First Past The Post system” has now been signed by 116,938 people. To add your name to that petition, please click here.

This past February 11, the Council of Canadians Nelson, Victoria, Winnipeg, Sudbury, Northumberland, Kitchener-Waterloo, Guelph, Quinte, Peterborough-Kawarthas, Ottawa, Montreal, Fredericton, Saint John and St. John’s chapters took part in a cross-country day of action in support of electoral reform.

The Council of Canadians continues to call on the prime minister to make good on his election campaign promise to introduce electoral reform legislation by this May, which is 18 months after the Liberals formed government.