Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has broken a signature campaign promise by abandoning electoral reform, sparking condemnation from his political opponents.
During the past campaign, Mr. Trudeau made the pledge to “make every vote count” and said his party was committed to ensuring that the 2015 election would be the last under the first-past-the-post voting system. Fair-voting advocates have long argued that the current system doesn’t accurately reflect the will of the public, because it allows a party to win a majority of seats without majority support from Canadians. The Liberal promise was part of a series of proposals that Mr. Trudeau vowed would bring real change to Ottawa.
Mr. Trudeau had previously advocated for a ranked-ballot system, but said he was open to a variety of options. The NDP and Green Party pushed for proportional representation, while the Conservatives didn’t advocate for change but said any proposed alterations to the voting system …
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