Prime Minister Justin Trudeau promised the 2015 election would be the last one under Canada’s outdated, unfair first-past-the-post electoral system. A special House of Commons committee is tasked with hearing from witnesses and making recommendations to the government by early December.
The Liberal government has announced they are backtracking on their promise to make Canadian elections fairer and more representative. “Our present system gives us majority governments with a minority of votes,” said PSAC National President Robyn Benson. “We need an electoral system that is more democratic, where everyone’s vote is equal and effective.”
The Liberal government’s election modernization bill will put a chill on advocacy between and during elections. Appearing before a House of Commons committee, PSAC National President Chris Aylward pointed out some of the problems with Bill C-76. “Bill C-76 could be interpreted to put limits on what we can say publicly about positions being taken by our employers – the federal government and Crown agencies.”