First Anniversary of the Liberal Broken Election Reform Promise

This letter was sent to roughly 450 newspapers … some from really small communities from some of which I got the message “editor not in today, back next week”…

Dear Editor,

Re: First Anniversary of the Liberal Broken Election Reform Promise

On February 1, we remember sadly the first anniversary of Justin’s broken election promise who pledged so enthusiastically in his campaign that the 2015 election was the last under our antiquated “First-past-the-post” (FPTP) system. FPTP gave Harper a majority in 2011 with only 39.4% of the vote and gave Trudeau his present majority with only 39.6%.

In truth, the PM did not promise Proportional Representation (PR) which is the only fair system that makes every vote count equally by giving each Party the same percentage of seats in Ottawa as their votes won in the election. He did promise to look “fully and fairly” at our electoral system but, as became clear later, he actually preferred ranked ballot which under most models would have given the Liberals, the centrist party of Canada, in excess of 200 seats instead of the 184 they received at election time.

During the election reform process, over 80% of the submissions made by interested and informed individuals across Canada indicated a decisive preference for PR. PR in Canada would almost certainly result in cooperative non-majority government and continuity in policy as opposed to the “policy pendulum” in which each new government cancels or guts the legislation of the previous one at great expense.

We need the stability of good long term planning, cooperation among MPs and sound, robust policy that PR brings.

Let us all insist on this change for the better.

Yours Truly,

Donald A Fraser,
Waterloo, Ontario

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