One year into the mandate of Justin Trudeau’s Liberal government, political pundits and the Prime Minister himself are taking stock of what was promised and what has been done so far.
In an interview with Le Devoir, Prime Minister Trudeau hinted that one campaign promise he made last year, namely electoral reform, may get put on the back burner, and that’s a smart move.
Trudeau predicted that his impressive victory last October would be the last time a government was elected with our current ‘ first past the post’ system, but it’s likely that when the next federal election rolls around in three years, we’ll be voting with the same system.
The fact is, there just isn’t an appetite among Canadian voters to change our system.
Even among those who voted Liberal a year ago, electoral reform was not high on their priority list.
Let’s face it; the desire to change our voting system is strongest among the NDP and Green Party , who see it as a chance to increase their traditional low seat counts in federal elections.
Attempts in Ontario and British Columbia to change how we vote were soundly defeated by voters in those provinces and a national referendum , if it were held, would most certainly have the same result.
If the Prime Minister puts electoral reform at the bottom of his ‘ to do’ list, that’ll be fine with most Canadian voters.