Open letter to Justin Trudeau on electoral reform

I am shocked that your government campaigned in favour of electoral change, but did so much to prevent any meaningful discussion about it.

I am shocked that your government campaigned in favour of electoral change, but did so much to prevent any meaningful discussion about it.

You say there is not consensus among Canadians. I say that you didn’t allow for any discussion about options.

If you had been serious about it, you would have held town hall meetings where real options were discussed.

You wouldn’t have focused on sidebars that the public was not asking for such as online voting or enforced voting.

You would have held serious discussions about the ranked ballot option, and about how some countries work successfully with, or have problems with, proportional representation.

You would have given weight to the number of Canadians who came to the electoral reform committee meetings and the Liberal town halls, who were overwhelmingly in favour of change, rather than asking vague questions in an online survey.

Of course if you ask people if they prefer a complicated ballot to a simple ballot, they will say they want a simple one. Do you think people can’t become educated about how to fill in a ballot before the next election?

I feel you have acted very cynically. Leading up to the last election, you tapped into the concern that many Canadians have that the system allowed Stephen Harper’s Conservatives to have full authority with less than 40 per cent of the popular vote.

Your party was elected with the same percentage of the vote. Now that you have 100 per cent of the power, you are acting the same way Harper did, and blaming Canadians for not agreeing.

One thing Canadians do agree on is that if a political party promises to reform the electoral system, after Canadians endured 11 years of draconian government, that party is morally bound to follow through with it.

I have voted strategically in all elections over the past 30 years. I cast a ballot for a party I didn’t truly support in order to prevent a party I really opposed from winning. The party that benefited from my strategic vote, every single time, was the Liberal Party.

Now that you have alienated hundreds of thousands of Canadians, who, like me, will never vote Liberal when faced with our next strategic voting decision, perhaps you’ll regret squandering the opportunity you had to reform our unfair elections process.

Tanya Van Valkenburg,

Whitehorse

Just Posted

Silver rules out HST, layoffs and royalty changes

Yukon’s financial advisory panel has released its final report

City of Whitehorse budgets $30M for infrastructure over four years

‘I think we’re concentrating on the most important things’

Yukon community liaison for MMIWG inquiry fired

Melissa Carlick, the Whitehorse-based community liaison officer for the national Missing and… Continue reading

Yukon man holds no grudge after being attacked by bison

‘The poor guy was only trying to fend off someone who he knew was trying to kill him’

Straight and true: the story of the Yukon colours

Michael Gates | History Hunter Last week, I participated in the 150th… Continue reading

Get ready to tumble: Whitehorse’s Polarettes to flip out at fundraiser

‘There’s a mandatory five-minute break at the end, just so people don’t fall over’

Alaska’s governor goes to China

There are very different rules for resource projects depending on which side of the border you’re on

Yukon survey shows broad support for legal pot

But there’s no consensus on retail and distribution models

Yukon government releases survey on the territory’s liquor laws

Changes could include allowing sale of booze in grocery stores

Get family consent before moving patients to other hospitals: NDP critic

‘Where is the respect and where is the dignity?’

Bill C-17 passes third reading in House of Commons

The bill, which will repeal controversial amendments made to YESAA by Bill S-6, will now go to Senate

White Pass and Yukon Route musical chugs on without director

The cast and crew of Stonecliff are pushing forward without Conrad Boyce, who went on medical leave

Most Read