CHRISTOPHER FLAVELLE: Canada’s New Government Makes Its First Big Mistake

“Those examples demonstrate the criteria to use in justifying sweeping legislation on which the public remains ambivalent or worse. One is urgency; another is the high toll of continued inaction. (Climate change, another area where Obama has acted despite broad public antagonism, checks both boxes.)

“Advocates of Canadian electoral reform can’t invoke either argument. There should be a high bar for disregarding the will of the public. Proceeding without a referendum could be the new government’s first meaningful error, and it looks entirely self-inflicted.”

– Christopher Flavelle, December 30, 2015

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