Paul Murphy

Paul Murphy, a Canadian, wrote and published

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Trapping Canada’s media darling on electoral reform

Jun 19, 2017 — Paul Murphy

In 2015 Canada’s Liberal party promised electoral reform and campaigned on a commitment to ensure that 2015 would “be the last federal election conducted under the first-past-the-post voting system.” The Liberals, led by Mr. Trudeau won about 39.4% of the popular vote and a total of 184 seats in a 338 seat House to form a majority government.

An all-party committee of the House was struck in June of 2016 to recommend an alternative voting method; it reported in favor of a proportional representation system in November; and was fully repudiated in February of 2017 when Prime Minister Trudeau announced that “a clear preference for a new electoral system, let alone a consensus, has not emerged” and therefore that nothing further would be done.