They’ll reform the vote, eventually
Canada’s continued use of first-past-thepost when numerous countries have adopted proportional representation is shameful, and suggests that there is something seriously lacking in our leadership and our citizenship when we cannot muster the wits and the will to embrace and adopt “prop rep” as a more democratic approach to responsible governance at all levels, including the critically important features of citizen engagement and leadership authority.
As for Justin Trudeau and the Liberals delivering the oft-promised electoral reform, they might, not because it is the right thing to do but because it is one of the few cards they have left to play to try to salvage what has been at best a mediocre, long-on-talk and short-on-action term of office.
That said, the level of government closest to the people in principle is municipal government, and we are overdue for local councils, school boards, et cetera to take the lead by increasing citizen engagement through the proportional Letters may be edited for brevity, clarity and grammar. Letters must include the writer’s name, address and phone number. firstname.lastname@example.org.