The Council of Canadians London chapter joined with friends and allies at rush hour this morning to highlight the issue of electoral reform.
Dimitri Lascaris has posted on Facebook, “Today, concerned Londoners began to hold rush hour rallies to demand that Justin Trudeau keep his promise to make every vote count. Please join us between the hours of 8 am to 9 am and 4:30 to 5:30 pm at the London offices of Liberal MP Kate Young (London West) or Liberal MP Peter Fragiskatos (London North Center). We will be there all week.”
During the last federal election, the Liberals promised that the 2015 election would be the last held until the first-past-the-post voting system and set a deadline of May 2017 to introduce legislation on electoral reform. Undoubtedly many people voted for Trudeau because of this pledge to make our voting system more democratic.
Now, just 15 months after the election, Trudeau has abandoned that promise.
We strongly condemn Trudeau’s decision to not make every vote count.
We believe it is wrong that the current electoral system means that the Liberals with only 39.47 per cent of the popular vote hold 54.48 per cent of the seats in the House of Commons and basically 100 per cent of political decision-making power.
Rallies are also scheduled to take place in Antigonish, Kingston, Montreal, Nelson, Orillia, Ottawa, Toronto, St. John’s and Victoria on February 11, and in Vancouver on February 26. A cross-country day of action is also being planned for April 20.