A B.C. vote-reform group says it plans to hold the Trudeau Liberals to their promise that 2015 would be the last election held under the current voting system.
That’s after Liberals on a committee struck to study the plan warned against “rushed” and “radical” changes, and the minister in charge hinted she’d wait until more Canadians want it.
Maryam Monsef says the brakes are on until “we have the broad support of the people.”
Antony Hodgeson with “Fair Voting BC” says that won’t fly.
“The fact is that this government, the Prime Minister, the minister herself have all promised that 2015 was the last election under our current system.”
The all-party committee’s report calls for a proportional system where a party’s number of seats in parliament matches it’s share of the vote.
That concept would be pitted against the current system in a referendum.
“The government has really been unequivocal that 2015 was the last election under first past the post. The minister herself said just earlier this year that our current voting system is an antiquated system that’s not designed to operate within our multi-party democracy,” says Hodgeson.