Liberals Reject Recommendations From Special Committee On Electoral Reform

The ECOreport reposts news about another of Justin Trudeau’s broken campaign promises, Liberals reject recommendations from Special Committee on Electoral Reform

Splicing together two Press Release from the Green Party of Canada

By Elizabeth May

A disappointment in Parliament today where the Liberals used their majority to defeat a motion to accept recommendations from the Special Committee on Electoral Reform. Two courageous Liberal MPs joined Green Party leader Elizabeth May, the Bloc Quebecois, NDP, and Conservative MPs to vote for the ERRE report.

Liberals Reject Recommendations From Special Committee On Electoral Reform

“Justin Trudeau promised that 2015 would be the last election held under our antiquated First Past the Post voting system, which produces false majority governments with a minority of the popular vote,” said Elizabeth May, Leader of the Green Party of Canada (MP, Saanich-Gulf Islands).

“Today, a slim majority of Liberal MPs rejected the recommendations from the Special Committee on Electoral Reform in a vote of 159-146. All opposition party members – Conservative, NDP, Bloc and Green MPs – voted in favour of this report. This cross-partisan majority report offered the Liberals a roadmap to select a fair and democratic voting system, one that maintained a link between constituents and their local MPs. They now risk squandering a golden opportunity to create better government for all Canadians.

Cross-Partisan Recommendations

The cross-partisan recommendations from the Special Committee on Electoral Reform offered the Liberals a roadmap to select a fair and democratic voting system, one that maintained a link between constituents and their local MPs. They now risk squandering a golden opportunity to create better government for all Canadians.

“I thank the NDP’s Nathan Cullen for putting forward today’s motion, and Liberal MPs Nathaniel Eskine-Smith and Sean Casey for their integrity in expressing the will of their constituents by voting in favour of the motion,” said May.

Reform Possible In BC

In British Columbia, thanks to the BC Greens now holding the balance of power, they will move to proportional representation. A referendum in fall of 2018 will determine which form of proportional representation BC will achieve. I’m confident we will witness in British Columbia how proportional representation can change politics for the better and their success will guarantee the issue stays on the political agenda.

We are here to say we have the wind in our sails. We are going to win! Proportional representation will be a reality for Canadians.

Top Photo Credit: A message from an entirely different political debate (in 2008), which the ECOreport felt was appropriate now – photo courtesy ItzaFineDay via Flickr (CC BY SA, 2.0 License)

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