Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was branded a liar by New Democrat democratic reform critic Nathan Cullen in Ottawa today for abandoning a campaign promise to reform the electoral system.
“What Mr. Trudeau proved himself today was to be a liar, to be the most cynical variety of politician, saying whatever it takes to get elected, then once elected seeking any excuse however weak, however absent, to justify that lie to Canadians,” he told reporters.
During a release of Mandate letters the Prime Minister all but killed the Liberals electoral reform breaking a key campaign promise by Justin Trudeau.
Ms. Gould’s new mandate letter, released by the government on Wednesday, instructed her that “changing the electoral system will not be in your mandate.”
“A clear preference for a new electoral system, let alone a consensus, has not emerged,” it says. “Furthermore, without a clear preference or a clear question, a referendum would not be in Canada’s interest.”
Mr. Trudeau when asked during Question Period on Wednesday continued to voice his support for a ballot type system but apparently decided that a referendum wasn’t in Canada’s (Or his parties) best interests.
Green Party Leader Elizabeth May, close to tears, said many people voted strategically for the Liberals based on Mr. Trudeau’s promise to change the voting system. “I feel more deeply shocked and betrayed by my government today than on any day of my adult life,” she said.
Ms. Gould’s mandate letter also asks that she work with Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan and Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale to defend Canada’s voting system from cyberthreats. In addition, she was directed to ask the Communications Security Establishment to analyze risks to Canada’s political and electoral activities from hackers and release a public assessment.
Ms. Gould also announced the government’s plan to tackle the controversy stemming from the Liberals’ cash-for-access fundraisers.
“We believe Canadians have a right to know even more than they do now about political fundraising and we are taking action,” she said.
Many party leaders and voters alike voted specifically for reform but now that the Acting government has no interest in pursuing the people’s interests, more articles like this are likely to surface.
It is devastating when a party does not live up to it’s promises, but this has been a recurring trend with Mr. Trudeau’s campaign.