Many Canadians voted Liberal in 2015 because Justin Trudeau promised that that election would be the last under our current voting system. After the election, he abandoned that commitment. Yet a 2017 poll by Strategic Directions showed that 72% of University-Rosedale voters agreed with the Green Party that it was time to change the voting system.
Why is it worth rehashing the past?
Most Canadians rightly feel that the current political system is dysfunctional. Politicians bicker, and try to score cheap points in a highly-partisan environment. There is much less focus on collaboration and honest discussions of pressing issues – and the solutions that are needed.
Proportional voting systems – used by most European countries – are more collaborative, because the parties have to work together to get things done. In that system, debates focus on the issues without the name-calling with which we are all too familiar. Last but not least, the politicians themselves are more representative of the population. They have higher percentages of women and minorities that we do.
June 27, 2017
(OTTAWA) – Today, during a media conference, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau admitted that he never intended to consider the findings of the Special Committee on Electoral Reform – unless it suited his predetermined preference for a ranked ballot voting system.