WATCH ABOVE: Minister of Democratic Institutions Karina Gould confirmed Wednesday that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau informed Liberal MPs that the party is abandoning its promise of seeking electoral reform.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has abandoned a pillar of his election campaign.
Electoral reform is no longer on the agenda, according to a letter Trudeau wrote to the newly appointed Democratic Institutions Minister Karina Gould.
“We respect and thank all those who have come forward to participate in these discussions,” Gould said in the House of Commons Wednesday. “It has informed our decision.”
In the letter Trudeau states that consultations across the country made it clear that Canadians are not interested in a new electoral system. He also shot down the idea of holding referendum on the issue due to a lack of “clear preference or a clear question.”
“Our view has always been clear, major reforms to the electoral system, changes of this magnitude, should not be made if they lack the broad support of Canadians,” Gould said.
Trudeau often promised the 2015 election would be the last under the first-past-the-post system, but said the Liberals wouldn’t make any changes without the clear support of Canadians.
“What Mr. Trudeau proved himself today was to be a liar, was to be of the most cynical variety of politician, saying whatever it takes to get elected, then once elected seeking any excuse, however weak, however absent, to justify that lie to Canadians,” NDP democratic reform critic Nathan Cullen said in the House of Commons.
The letter also tasks Gould with protecting the electoral system from cyberthreats and hackers, as well as developing new rules around political fundraising.