June 16 2015
Trudeau commits to ending first-past-the-post
Before the 2015 election campaign officially begins, Liberal Leader, Justin Trudeau promises that a government lead by him would make the 2015 election the final election under first-past-the-post.
We need to know that when we cast a ballot, it counts; that when we vote, it matters. So I’m proposing we make every vote count. We are committed to ensuring that the 2015 election will be the last federal election using first-past-the-post. We will ensure that electoral reform measures such as ranked ballots, proportional representation, mandatory voting and online voting are fully and fairly studied and considered. And within 18 months of forming government, we will bring forward legislation to enact electoral reform.
- Liberal Leader, Justin Trudeau
Here's the latest update on the Charter Challenge for Fair Voting.
In our last update to you we shared:
- that we'd raised just under $43,000 to support the Charter Challenge for Fair Voting
- that we would share another update once once we'd retained legal counsel for the case
Here's where things are at now:
It's been two-and-a-half months since the House of Commons last met. Electoral reform is officially no-longer part of the Trudeau government's agenda, but there have been some quiet developments on the electoral reform file nonetheless.Read more
Update: the vote described below failed. On May 31st, 159 MPs voted against the motion supporting the recommendations of the special committee on electoral reform, and just 146 MPs voted in favour of it.
On May 31st, members of parliament (MPs) will have one more chance to move forward on electoral reform. On Wednesday, MPs will vote on whether to accept the recommendations of the report from the House of Commons special committee on electoral reform. If that doesn't happen there is only one logical option for supporters of voter-right's.
Anyone who watched the 2015 film, Selma, about the civil rights march from Selma to Montgomery in 1965 will not have missed the point where the African-Americans demand that the government fully implement and enforce their right to vote. It generated significant opposition from the whites who controlled the existing exclusive and power-concentrating system. And though black voting rights continue to be attacked in the US, few would argue that such rights exist and ought not to be proactively honoured.