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Montreal chapter to protest Trudeau’s decision to abandon electoral reform

Fair Vote Canada infographic.

The Council of Canadians Montreal chapter will be joining a protest against Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s decision to abandon his promise of electoral reform.

The protest will take place outside Trudeau’s constituency office — at 1100 Boulevard Crémazie Est in Montreal — on Wednesday February 2 at 6 pm.

Outreach for the protest says, “Justin Trudeau officially abandoned the reform of our voting system. He has just spit in the face of the hundreds of thousands of Quebeckers who want a better democracy. We will not let him get away with it so easily. It is time to mobilize. Citizens are holding a demonstration in front of the Prime Minister’s office in Montreal on Thursday evening. Participate in large numbers!”

The protest is also being supported by the Montreal Action Team of Fair Vote Canada.

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.

Earlier today, Council of Canadians chairperson Maude Barlow tweeted, “Trudeau government abandons promise on electoral reform. Cynicism among the young over politics already so deep. We didn’t need this.”

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 (basically meaning 100 per cent of the power) in the House of Commons.