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Surprise: Electoral reform is now dead!

  • Shlabotnik (467 posts)
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    Surprise: Electoral reform is now dead!

    Andrew Coyne: It’s not the Liberals’ fault for lying about electoral reform, it’s yours for believing them

    It’s your fault, Canadians. You failed to live up to the standards your prime minister expected of you. You had your chance and you blew it.

    It isn’t that the Liberals promised something they had no intention of ever delivering. The fault is yours, for not making it possible for them to deliver it. When the Liberal platform said the 2015 election would be “the last federal election conducted under the first-past-the-post voting system,” when the Liberal leader repeated this vow 10, 20, 100 times since, you did not, as you should have done, attach a giant asterisk that read: “Assuming we don’t change our mind.”  You took them at their word.

    But that is not your worst failing. It is how you have behaved since the election that really marks you out for blame. Put plainly, you let your government down. It isn’t the Liberals’ fault, for wasting seven months before even launching the committee on electoral reform, leaving it with an impossibly short time-frame to report. Neither can the Liberals be held to account, when the committee reported back, on deadline, with a recommendation that a proposal for proportional representation be put to the people in a referendum, for dismissing its findings with a claim that they had failed to furnish the government with a specific model of reform: more specific, that is, than that it should be proportional.

    It wasn’t the Liberals who put a rookie minister with no judgment, ability or interpersonal skills in charge of the file, or who cooked up a biased and insultingly off-topic online survey with which to muddy the committee’s findings. Or rather it was, but they are not to be blamed for the delay, confusion and general sense of drift surrounding the file. Rather, it was you. You are to blame. Or, more precisely, you are being blamed.

    From:  http://news.nationalpost.com/full-comment/andrew-coyne-its-not-the-liberals-fault-for-lying-about-electoral-reform-its-yours-for-believing-them


    Cullen: ‘One of the most cynical displays of self-serving politics’:
    Speaking to reporters after Gould, NDP democratic reform critic Nathan Cullen took direct aim at the prime minister.

    “I was a bit surprised that it wasn’t Mr. Trudeau out here, somehow lacking the courage and fortitude to make this announcement himself,” Cullen said. “He certainly had no problems making the promise, but not the courage to break that promise in front of all of you here today.”

    “What Trudeau proved himself today was to be a liar, was to be of the most cynical variety of politician,” the New Democrat said. “Saying whatever it takes to get elected, then once elected seeking any excuse, however weak, however absent, to justify that lie to Canadians.”

    ‘Betrayal’ will strike deeply, says May:
    “I am deeply afraid that this betrayal will strike much more deeply in the hearts of Canadians than Prime Minister Trudeau realizes, particularly among young people,” she said before making reference to politicians who have led populist revolts in other countries.

    From:  http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/trudeau-electoral-reform-mandate-1.3961736


    There goes another sunshiney promise.

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  • arikara (861 posts)
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    1. Disappointing

    but not unexpected. Young Mr T has proven to be a huge disappointment.

    I wish Nathan Cullen was running for leadership of the NDP.

    • Shlabotnik (467 posts)
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      2. I like Cullen too,

      its still early on in the process, maybe he’ll toss his hat in.  I think Charlie Angus is so far the only one officially running at the moment. The Socialist Caucus is trying to draft Sid Ryan, which would be interesting too.

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      • arikara (861 posts)
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        3. Cullen already said he's definitely not running

        He has a young family, and his riding is probably the furthest one away from Ottawa. He’s actually the MP in the riding that I grew up in and still call home even though I haven’t lived there in 30 years. He’s well liked up there, he loves the land and has the respect of the large numbers of indigenous people who never ceded their land title and are constantly having to fight pipelines and the like. He’s the type to be on the front line with them.

        I wish he would run but I certainly understand why he isn’t. Maybe when his kids get older.