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Available Expert - Trudeau government abandons promise of electoral reform

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Queen’s University political historian Christo Aivalis is available to comment on the Trudeau government abandoning its promise of electoral reform. A new mandate letter issued to the Minister of Democratic Institutions Karina Gould said that changing the electoral system would not be in her mandate. It was also confirmed the government would not be exploring a referendum to put the question to Canadians.

“This is an unambiguous betrayal of many people who voted for the Liberals in 2015,” says Dr. Aivalis. “While electoral reform might not have been a primary issue for everyone, it was important to many people in the broad centre-left spectrum, who hate having to vote against, rather than for, a certain party or candidate. Any comments made now to rationalize the decision are discordance with their very clear promise in the election. One should be cautious with language, but this is a lie to the Canadian public.”

Dr. Aivalis is an adjunct professor of Canadian Political and Labour History at Queen's University. He has commented extensively in the past on a range of topics - from public sector labour negotiations to federal party politics.

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