If the Liberals wished to demonstrate any respect for democracy, which they claim to do, they would follow the British Columbia and Ontario models, and hold referendums. Anything else would be the insulting, especially considered they built a campaign that criticized Harper for doing the exact same thing.

Justin Trudeau and his merry band of Liberals are out to scrap Canada’s democratic voting system. Trudeau and his lemmings believe that our current system of election is immensely flawed and plagues Canadian politics. They aim to change this by, in their own way, plaguing Canadian politics with undemocratic governmental reforms. The Liberal government is set to change the system without holding a referendum, which disregards the opinion of Canadian citizens of all political identification. This is no democratic change, this is an authoritarian, imposed proposition that hold no grounds in democracy; the Liberals’ use of the word “democracy” in any relation to this change whatsoever is inappropriate.

And yet, Trudeau has defended his government’s refusal to hold a referendum. In the House of Commons last week, Trudeau stated “Canadians chose to support us with a majority and are expecting us to deliver on the promises that we gave. … And it wasn’t the compellingness of our arguments that convinced Canadians. It was what the last government did with their majority that convinced Canadians that this must be the last election under first-past-the-post.”. This is a fallacious claim. Even if one was to assume that all Canadians that voted Liberal did so for the voting system change, it still would not prove that Canadians desire this “real change” to our society.

To be fair, the Harper government did use its parliamentary majority to further its agenda, and that majority was considered illegitimate by many Canadians as the Conservatives only received 39.6% of the vote in 2011. Some Canadians were displeased with the Harper government that represented a statistical minority (39.6%) of Canadians. Voters responded by providing the Liberals with a “majority” so that the they would end the voting system that allowed the Conservatives to act in a way that Trudeau found “undemocratic”. Yet Trudeau’s Liberal “majority” is no more of a majority than that of Harper’s. In fact, it is less of a majority, since the Liberals only won 39.5 percent in the 2015 election. Yet the Trudeau administration is now going to use their “majority” to forcefully alter the voting system of Canadian democracy. Where is the outcry? Is it possible that the same Canadians who were outraged at Harper’s reforms with only a minority of the vote, are not angry that Trudeau is now doing the same? Where is the consistency?

If the Liberals wished to demonstrate any respect for democracy, which they claim to do, they would follow the British Columbia and Ontario models, and hold referendums. Anything else would be the insulting, especially considered they built a campaign that criticized Harper for doing the exact same thing.

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