Opinion-Policy Nexus

Since Justin Trudeau's formal confirmation that his pledge of a reformed electoral system will not occur, he has been on the receiving end of a great deal of criticism, most of it characterizing him as a liar and a cynic. This is all fair game in politics, but it should be noted that his opponents are just as guilty of promoting their self interest.

When Trudeau first suggested that the 2015 election should be the last one based upon the "first past the post" plurality system, the Liberals were languishing in third place, with little prospect of being able to implement any such change. Once the electorate had smiled upon him things changed, and it is reasonable to assume that the reform he most favoured was the alternative vote, or preferential ballot system of ranking choices 1, 2, 3, etc. This system should normally tend to advantage parties in the middle of the ideological spectrum such as the Liberals, although Trudeau never publicly acknowledged that preference.

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Monday, February 13, 2017 - 08:52