The Liberal party has officially given up on their campaign promise to implement electoral reform in Canada before the next election. The Prime Minister has directed the Democratic Institutions Minister to not pursue electoral reform.
It is pretty obvious why. The Liberals wanted a ranked ballot system because it would place them in an excellent position. They are the centrist party so they would be ranked second on many ballots and likely end up in power a lot of the time. However, people actually wanted a more proportional system instead and that would leave the Liberals as simply one party among many. Under a ranked ballot they could assemble a majority government most of the time even with only 40% of the vote, but under a proportional system they would actually have to negotiate with other parties.
They don't want to negotiate, they want to be the natural, assumed leaders of the nation!
So they are going back on their promise.
I won't be voting for them again. The campaign promise to end our First Past the Post system was a key part of my support and their obvious grasping for power being put above honouring promises and good governance is despicable. I should note that I don't normally go so hard on a party for breaking promises because I honestly think they should reconsider their actions when new information comes in, but this was so transparently a power play that I have no tolerance whatsoever. This isn't about doing the right thing under changing circumstances, it is simply placing the Liberal party above the will and well being of Canadians.
The Liberals may be making exactly the same mistake the Democrats did in the US so recently. They are underestimating the public's desire for change and reform and are counting on fear of the extreme right to drive votes their way. They hope that messages of tolerance and love will mask their political sins.
I don't want Canada to teach the Liberals the same lesson the Democrats just learned. Electing our own version of Trump will be a wretched mess. However, I will not be surprised if it happens. They have lost my vote, and many others like me.
To the Liberal party, if you are listening: Ask yourselves why you want to govern. Is it to make Canada a better place, or just to fulfill your own desire for power? If it is the first, then act like it, and you may earn my vote again. If it is the second, then get ready to lose power again when a substantial chunk of the population notices the evil seeping out from behind the mask.