Early this morning (2nd Feb 2017) I went out for the newspaper expecting to find the headlines screaming about the blatant reversal of a major Trudeau campaign promise that 2015 would be the last FPTP election! But no!! instead we have a full front page photo of a young barmaid pouring a glass of wine. Down in the bottom left hand corner a tiny 2 x 2 inch article reads “Electoral Reform Not On Agenda”. This was the newspaper’s priority?
I’m outraged, angry, frustrated, seething and powerless to do anything about it. Trudeau today without shame or conscience declared his government would not be changing the Federal Electoral system of first past the post. He did this blatantly and without any signs of remorse. In the last election campaign he stood before the Canadian people and categorically stated this would be the last FPTP election. Clearly this why MacLauchlan did not recognize the PEI plebiscite. In hindsight, obviously an agreed commitment between Trudeau and MacLauchlan was previously arranged. It would have been difficult had PEI adopted a PR system, when Federal Liberals planned not too. However, this disgraceful act of dishonesty will not be forgotten come next election. Whether these two old party’s force the electoral system to remain FPTP they will still lose huge numbers of votes. Will we ever find or elect some honest politicians??????. Finally if asked a week ago if Kevin O’Leary became PC leader could he beat Trudeau I would have laughed and said no. Today I would answer, yes quite possibly