COLBY CASH: The Liberals’ electoral reform quagmire

“One can easily imagine LeBlanc saying something like, “After further reflection, we’ve decided that Canadians are likely to be uncomfortable with us just whamming a reform plan through the House on the back of our majority, which is, after all, based solely on the hateful first-past-the-post principle. Our plan will therefore be submitted to Canadians for approval in a separate vote.”

“That opportunity is out the window now. The Liberals have committed to the scheme outlined in the platform: “convene an all-party Parliamentary committee to review a wide variety of reforms,” have the committee report and “introduce legislation to enact electoral reform” within 18 months of the election. They do not, let us note, guarantee that the committee’s report is what will be incarnated in the legislation. Indeed, there can be no way to guarantee, unless the committee is stacked with Liberals, that the committee will agree on a single report.”

– Colby Cash, December 28, 2015

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