Trudeau government turfs plans for electoral reform

(CP) - Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is abandoning his long-held Liberal promise to change the way Canadians vote in federal elections.

In a mandate letter for newly appointed Democratic Institutions Minister Karina Gould, Trudeau says electoral reform is not on the agenda.

The letter says that consultations across the country make it clear Canadians are not clamouring for a new electoral system.

It also rejects the idea of holding a referendum on the matter due to the lack of a ``clear preference or a clear question'' on electoral reform.

Trudeau has repeatedly promised that the 2015 election would be the last under the current first-past-the-post voting system, but the Liberals have since said they would not go ahead without the broad support of Canadians.

The letter also tasks Gould with protecting the Canadian electoral system from cyberthreats and hackers, as well as developing stricter rules and more transparency for political fundraising.