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We are committed to ensuring that 2015 will be the last federal election conducted under the first-past-the-post voting system.

Trudeau polimetre - 2015
Promise broken

Real Change: A New Plan For a Strong Middle Class (page 27)


June 27, 2017 - "Alas, in reality, Trudeau made an open-ended commitment to reform and vowed it would be in place for 2019. A committee was struck to study the issue, dozens of town hall forums were convened, an online survey was conducted and postcards were mailed to millions of households inviting Canadians to participate. Only then did Trudeau's government walk away. But only then did Trudeau publicly confront the actual possibilities for reform." - How Trudeau lost his way on electoral reform - CBC

February 10, 2017 - "Prime Minister Justin Trudeau  gave his longest explanation yet for his decision to abandon his promise on electoral reform when asked about voter cynicism at a town hall Friday in Yellowknife. "I know people will be disappointed," Trudeau said over boos from the crowd. "This was my choice to make and I chose to make it with full consequence of the cost that is possibly going to come to it. But I will not compromise on what is in the best interest of Canada." - Trudeau says national unity more important than electoral reform - CBC

October 19, 2016 - "Prime Minister Justin Trudeau appears to have opened the door to maintaining Canada’s first-past-the-post voting system, despite having promised the 2015 federal election would be the last to use it. In an interview with Le Devoir Ottawa correspondent Marie Vastel to mark the end of his government’s first year, Trudeau said he no longer sees the same appetite for electoral reform he did when the Conservatives were in power. “Under Stephen Harper, there were so many people unhappy with the government and their approach that people were saying, ‘It will take electoral reform to no longer have a government we don’t like’. But under the current system, they now have a government they’re more satisfied with and the motivation to change the electoral system is less compelling,” he said." - Trudeau taking heat for walking back electoral reform - iPolitics

April 14, 2016 - "As the Liberals come closer to striking an all-party committee to deliver recommendations on electoral reform, on Thursday evening at the University of Ottawa Democratic Institutions Minister Maryam Monsef introduced eight principles she said will guide the process."  - Monsef introduces eight principles that will guide electoral reform - iPolitics

March 22, 2016 - "The Government has committed to restore public trust and faith in the political system by demonstrating to Canadians that their votes count and help shape the policies their governments pursue. As a first step, the Government is committed to working with Parliamentarians to establish a special all-party committee with a mandate to study electoral reform options that would be the basis for a crosscountry consultation. Budget 2016 proposes to provide up to $10.7 million over four years, starting in 2016–17, to conduct outreach, raise awareness and encourage the participation of Canadians in consultations on voting system reform." - Growing The Middle Class, Budget 2016-2017, p.209 - Government of Canada

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