Cannings Disappointed with Liberals Backing Away from Electoral Reform
South Okanagan West-Kootenay NDP MP Richard Cannings isn't buying the Trudeau Government's explanation for backing away from their election pledge of electoral reform.
On Wednesday, a letter from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to Minister of Democratic Institutions Karina Gould was publicly released, stating electoral reform was no longer in her mandate.
Gould later told reporters electoral reform did not have the broad support of Canadians, and Cannings takes issue with that.
He says it may not be an issue many Canadians speak about over the breakfast table, but when you engage them, people care about electoral reform.
"When you stop and talk to them and say, 'Wouldn't it be better to have a system where if you voted Conservative or ndp or liberal, that vote counted, no matter who won in your riding, they really get it," says Cannings. "They say, yeah, that would be a better system."
Cannings says it's a cynical, disappointing move from the Liberals, and a huge betrayal of voters.