Fallout over the Liberal government’s broken electoral-reform promise is tumbling out today, starting with the Fair Vote Canada organization that is holding Prime Minister Justin Trudeau personally responsible.
“In 2015, so many voters believed him and cast strategic votes for the Liberal Party. We played his game and he played us,” says Fair Vote Canada’s Executive Director Kelly Carmichael.
“When the country was grieving a tragic event in Quebec, the disappointed Prime Minister quietly sent out his newly appointed Minister to present alternative facts to justify the broken promise. In truth, he has made a calculated decision to keep an unfair system that provided him with 100 per cent of the power with only 39 per cent of the popular vote,” she adds.
Demonstrations at Trudeau’s constituency office began Thursday.
Peterborough-Kawartha MP Maryam Monsef had originally been given the portfolio responsible for electoral reform. She was moved last month from that portfolio. She is now Minister of Status of Women in the Trudeau Liberal Cabinet. When contacted for comment on the government’s change of heart, Monsef declined to speak, referring questions, instead, to the new Minister of Democratic Institutions, Karina Gould.
When we took to the streets to ask what you thought of the change of plans, here’s what you had to say: