Justin Trudeau has abandoned his promise to upgrade our primitive voting system, First-Past-the-Post, with ranked ballot voting — which Liberal party members supported by 70% at their 2012 convention.
Instead, he has opted for the same process that produced designed-to-fail PR referendums by provincial Liberal governments. Given Trudeau was “deeply” opposed to proportional representation a few months ago, it’s clear his plan is to kill electoral reform like his provincial counterparts. Here’s what he said:
I do not support proportional representation because I believe deeply that every Member of Parliament should represent actual Canadians and Canadian communities, not just political parties. I support a preferential ballot because I believe it will lead to a more substantive and civil debate during elections and a more representative government afterward.
Vanity of vanities
One word: vanity. Trudeau imagines he has the magic to restore the Liberal party to it’s former glory as Canada’s “natural governing party.” And to do so, he will need the fake majority on 39% of the vote.
Bad at math
Unfortunately for Canadians, Trudeau is bad at math. In 2004, Paul Martin kept Harper down to 30% and the NDP down to 16%, but was still seen as a failure. Although, the Cons are presently at their 30% rock bottom, these protest polls are not carved in stone. And with the NDP at 23% in the polls — their lowest since the 2011 election — Trudeau has a long way to go to better Martin.
Then there’s the Green party. Their 4% to 8% of the vote disappears into thin air under FPP. How Trudeau expects to get their vote by supporting the Keystone XL and Kinder Morgan pipeline expansions is beyond me.
Trudeau’s inability to comprehend the vote-splitting issue will make the Conservatives Canada’s natural governing party, not the Liberals. If he gets his way.