The special House Committee on Electoral Reform is meeting in Ottawa these days and Federal Minister Maryam Monsef told the Committee that she thinks the current ‘ first past the post’ system is ‘antiquated’ , and she downplayed the need for a referendum before any voting changes are made.
Her comments raise some serious concerns.
Her predetermined notion that the current system is in need of change tells us that the government isn’t going into this process with an open mind; they’re hell bend on instituting some new kind of voting method, whether we like it or not.
If that’s the case, the public consultation that they promise would be a sham ,since they’ve already made up their minds.
And the Minister’s dismissal of a referendum indicates that they want to control this process to achieve their goal.
Don’t forget, the last two times Canadian voters were asked if they wanted election reform, the idea was soundly defeated in referendums in Ontario and B.C.
That idea of ‘ let the voters decide’ is apparently not an option here; that hardly seems democratic .
It seems that the idea of electoral reform is a solution looking for a problem.
Our current voting system is far from perfect, but it’s the system Canadians want, and our government should respect that.