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Petition demanding Trudeau honour electoral reform promise crashes government website multiple times

“It remains unclear if Trudeau will be open to receiving the petition.”

No 1891 Posted by fw, February 11, 2017

“Justin Trudeau thinks no one cares about electoral reform? He might want to speak with a hundred thousand Canadians who are telling him otherwise. An official House of Commons petition demanding Prime Minister Trudeau honour his campaign promise to reform Canada’s electoral system rocketed past 100,000 signatures Friday afternoon. Initiated by Kitchener, Ontario financial adviser Jonathan Cassels and sponsored by NDP Democratic Reform Critic Nathan Cullen, the petition quickly surged past 50,000 signatures following Trudeau’s decision the week before to break his promise on electoral reform…. Did Trudeau kill electoral reform because, as his government claims, they couldn’t find any support for reforming the electoral system or did Trudeau kill electoral reform because he couldn’t find any support for ranked ballots?”Press Progress

Has our arrogant PM misjudged Canadian anger over his Electoral Reform about-face?

Below is a repost of the Press Progress “rocketing petition” story.

But first, here are related links to three short, embedded video clips not included in the Press Progress piece: (1) Justin Trudeau’s electoral reform promise, dated October 19, 2015; (2) Tom Mulcair challenges Trudeau to explain why he broke his electoral reform promise, dated February 1, 2017; and (3) Trudeau lecturing a “visibly taken aback” woman in Iqaluit on electoral reform, dated February 10, 2017.

Clip 1 — Trudeau: We will make every vote count — 52-second video of words spoken during the 2015 election campaign, posted on You Tube, Oct, 17, 2016

Clip 2 — Trudeau defends decision to end electoral reform – 3:36-minute video of Mulcair-Trudeau joust during Question Period on Feb, 1, 2017

Clip 3 — ‘Do you think Kellie Leitch should have her own party’ – 2:24-minute video of Trudeau flippantly lecturing a woman in Iqaluit why proportional reputation would allow “fringe voices” to hold the balance of power in Parliament. The exchange took place on Feb. 10, 2017.

To read the story as presented on the Press Progress website, click on the following linked title.

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Petition demanding Trudeau honour electoral reform promise rockets past 100,000 signatures by Press Progress, February 10, 2017

Justin Trudeau thinks no one cares about electoral reform?

He might want to speak with a hundred thousand Canadians who are telling him otherwise.

An official House of Commons petition demanding Prime Minister Trudeau honour his campaign promise to reform Canada’s electoral system rocketed past 100,000 signatures Friday afternoon.

The petition – which is generating so much traffic, officials say it’s crashed the House of Commons website multiple times – calls on Trudeau to reverse his recent decision to break an explicit campaign promise that “the 2015 election be the last federal Canadian election under the first-past-the-post system”:

“We, the undersigned, supporters of electoral reform, call upon the Government of Canada to immediately declare its on-going commitment to ensuring the 2015 election be the last federal Canadian election under the first-past-the-post system.”

The petition also calls on Trudeau to “clearly outline one or more proposals” for electoral reform and “outline a proposed timeline for the introduction of an electoral reform bill before the House of Commons.”

Initiated by Kitchener, Ontario financial adviser Jonathan Cassels and sponsored by NDP Democratic Reform Critic Nathan Cullen, the petition quickly surged past 50,000 signatures following Trudeau’s decision the week before to break his promise on electoral reform.

In only two days, that number has doubled, standing at 100,000 as of Friday morning.

But it remains unclear if Trudeau will be open to receiving the petition.

Trudeau found himself in an awkward position Thursday night after video showed the prime minister lecturing a “visibly taken aback” woman in Iqaluit on electoral reform.

The prime minister said that “proportional representation in any form would be bad for Canada” and flippantly added: “do you think that Kellie Leitch should have her own party?”

He also reiterated his support for ranked ballots – an idea that was unanimously rejected by a panel of experts at committee and found no support at town halls.

Leaving aside any anti-democratic subtext in the prime minister’s comments or the fact the 2015 Liberal election platform explicitly listed “proportional representation” – an option he now portrays as an existential threat to Canada – as one reform that could help “make every vote count,” Trudeau’s comments in Iqaluit raise another question.

Did Trudeau kill electoral reform because, as his government claims, they couldn’t find any support for reforming the electoral system or did Trudeau kill electoral reform because he couldn’t find any support for ranked ballots?

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