Jody Vance

Broken Promises – by Jody Vance

Vanity Fair: Jonathan Becker

Justin Trudeau’s back-track on the promise to end “First past the post” elections in Canada, is weak. 

He promised.

He campaigned on being “deeply committed” to it.

The Video says it all.  He promised to make “every vote count”… “restore democracy” — to “fix what is broken”.  Wednesday he said, via newly appointed Democratic Institutions minister Karina Gould, that he’s changed course because Canadians don’t want to change the system. 

No one asked me, did they ask you?  Which Canadians? I think the landslide of Liberal votes that promise garnered spoke on behalf of Canadians, didn’t it? 

If you search “Electoral reform – Liberal Party of Canada”, this short cut comes up in the search:

Electoral reform – Liberal Party of Canada

We will make every vote count. We are committed to ensuring that 2015 will be the last federal electionconducted under the first-past-the-post voting system.

(Open the webpage and all references to this promise have vanished.)

Am I surprised? No.  Am I miffed? Yes.  Do I think he’s a liar? No, not really….I think he’s a politician who — like so many before him — say whatever needs to be promised to get elected. 

Back to the announcement on Wednesday.  I watched it all Live on CBCNN.  The reaction to the back-track was swift. 

I sat, rather stunned, as NDP Minister Nathan Cullen stepped out of Chambers and outright called the Prime Minister of Canada “a liar”, in so many words, it struck me as remarkably Un-Canadian.  Do we do that now? Is that the government we want to show the world?? That within our country we call our PM a liar? 

Where are politics going? Are we becoming the lowest common denominator? Are we destined to continue to follow the US to new levels of low?

Federal Green Party Leader, Elizabeth May, handled it with aplomb.  She’s clearly, and rightfully, pissed off, but she kept it cool-Canadian.  Ms. May spoke her mind about the issue of “first past the post” back-peddle as well as the “feminist Prime Minister who threw two, young female cabinet ministers under the bus.”.  I’ve always had such great respect for Elizabeth May and her mission to give her party a voice in this country…..hers is the party that would certainly benefit most from changing the electoral system in Canada to an “every vote counts” scenario.  

I’d like to be able to vote in an election where I did not need to do so “strategically”, I’d like my vote to be just that….. ONE VOTE for the leader I support.  Imagine that….oh wait, we did imagine it, in 2015.


In the current global political climate, I’m finding it difficult to slight the Canadian Government for much.  I remain so grateful that we aren’t facing what our neighbours to the south are.  

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  • Reply Shari February 3, 2017 at 10:17 am

    So agree with you Jody

  • Reply Todd Robson February 3, 2017 at 12:57 pm

    So why do we still have a Minister of Electoral Reform? I’m also a veteran – I’m used to Prime Ministers making promises they have no intention of keeping.

  • Reply Sudha February 4, 2017 at 10:31 am

    Agree. Our PM has done well for us by representing the Canadian values of diversity inclusion. But really that’s it. I haven’t seen much else come from him. Although diversity inclusion are critical and the fabric of our society we still need a strong financial future for Canada.

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