Bro­ken prom­ise dis­re­spect­ful to vot­ers

Cape Breton Post - - EDITORIAL -

When politi­cians clearly dis­hon­our vot­ers by not fol­low­ing through on re­ally im­por­tant and sub­stan­tive cam­paign prom­ises, they are not en­ti­tled or de­serv­ing of be­ing ad­dressed as “Hon­ourable,” let alone “Right Hon­ourable.”

Dur­ing the last fed­eral elec­tion cam­paign, Lib­eral leader Justin Trudeau made a num­ber of yet-to-be-ful­filled such prom­ises when his party was in third place. Par­tic­u­larly that the first-past-the­p­ost elec­toral sys­tem – that sub­se­quently elected him a false ma­jor­ity govern­ment – would be the last one held in this coun­try.

Dur­ing that cam­paign, Trudeau also of­ten and clearly stated that the next elec­toral sys­tem would en­sure that ev­ery vote counted.

Trudeau, how­ever, in his man­date let­ter to the new min­is­ter of demo­cratic in­sti­tu­tions, Ka­rina Gould, clearly stated, “Chang­ing the elec­toral sys­tem will not be in your man­date.”

This newly in­stalled min­is­ter then clearly re­peated that same mes­sage in par­lia­ment to all the mem­bers in at­ten­dance on Feb. 1.

When peo­ple talk about show­ing re­spect for our in­sti­tu­tions and the peo­ple who as­pire to be elected to these of­fices, what re­spect is earned – let alone owed – af­ter such bla­tant dis­re­spect of the peo­ple and our vot­ing process? Even as un­demo­cratic as it is?

And our po­lit­i­cal sys­tem’s lead­ers have the gall to crit­i­cize and wage very de­struc­tive and deadly wars against lead­ers in other coun­tries for not po­lit­i­cally be­ing like our lead­ers. Charles W. Samp­son Syd­ney Forks

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