Jagmeet Singh: First-past-the-post en­ables ‘fringe’ can­di­dates like Doug Ford

The Miracle - - Politics -

SURREY, B.C. - Fed­eral NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh has taken aim at Con­ser­va­tive politi­cians while lam­bast­ing Prime Min­is­ter Justin Trudeau for aban­don­ing a cam­paign promise to bring in elec­toral re­form. Singh told his cau­cus dur­ing a re­treat in Surrey, B.C., that Trudeau’s ex­pla­na­tion for dis­avow­ing the promise was that he was worried a new elec­toral sys­tem might fa­cil­i­tate the rise of far-right, fringe par­ties. NDP mem­bers of Par­lia­ment laughed and ap­plauded when Singh said first-past-the-post didn’t pre­vent the elec­tion of Premier Doug Ford in On­tario, nor did it stop him from us­ing the not­with­stand­ing clause to con­tinue a “petty vendetta” against Toronto. Ford an­nounced this week he would in­voke the rarely used clause to over­rule a court de­ci­sion and re­duce the size of Toronto’s city coun­cil from 47 coun­cil­lors to 25. Singh also noted first-past-the-post didn’t stop Con­ser­va­tive Leader An­drew Scheer from ap­point­ing a for­mer Rebel Me­dia head as his cam­paign di­rec­tor, nor did it stop Maxime Bernier from launch­ing an “anti-im­mi­grant” party. He said when an elec­toral sys­tem al­lows the views of a mi­nor­ity to win out over the ma­jor­ity, it doesn’t stop fringe politi­cians, it en­cour­ages them, and that’s why the NDP must bring in elec­toral re­form.

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