The all-party committee studying electoral reform has recommended that a national referendum be held before the government attempts to change our current voting system .
Much to the chagrin of the Minister of Democratic Institutions, Maryam Monsef, the committee stated what most Canadians have been saying for some time, namely , that there is no consensus on reforming our voting system.
Frankly, I couldn’t agree more.
This whole electoral reform idea is based on a campaign promise made by Justin Trudeau in the last federal election.
Trudeau and the Liberals won a resounding victory in that election, but let’s be realistic, the idea of changing our voting system was not what swung the vote to the Liberals.
Except for NDP supporters, who long for a way to get more seats in Parliament than Canadian voters are willing to give them, this is a non-issue for Canadians.
If there were a referendum, Canadians would likely give the idea of electoral reform a resounding thumbs down.
Attempts in Ontario and British Columbia to change our voting system were defeated and there’s no reason to think the outcome would be any different at a national level.
This committee is saying that there is no appetite to change our voting system, and they’re right.
The government should heed that message; there’s no shame in abandoning a bad idea.