Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has abandoned a pillar of his election campaign.
Electoral reform is no longer on the agenda, according to a letter Trudeau wrote to the newly appointed Democratic Institutions Minister Karina Gould.
In the letter, Trudeau states that consultations across the country made it clear that Canadians are not interested in a new electoral system. He also shot down the idea of holding a referendum on the issue due to a lack of “clear preference or a clear question.”
“I’m proposing we make every vote count, we are committed to ensuring that the 2015 election will be the last federal election using first-past-the-post,” said Trudeau two years ago.
He had laid out an ambitious plan to shake up the way Canadians vote, while accusing former Prime Minister Stephen Harper, of throwing a cloak of secrecy over the federal government and undermining the integrity of Canada’s democracy.
Trudeau did make clear back in 2015 however, that he wouldn’t make any changes without the clear support of Canadians.
The letter tasks Gould with protecting the electoral system from cyber threats and hackers, as well as developing new rules around political fundraising.
With files from Kirby Bourne