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Proportional representation

Trudeau’s campaign was based and won on the commitment not to use first-past-the-post.

Millions of Canadians have responded to our Prime Minister’s commitment to put an end to our destructive, confrontational and unproductive governments, by adopting an electoral system that would be fair for all Canadians, and make every vote count.

A very intensive and inclusive national campaign produced a report that overwhelmingly recommended proportional representation.

Monsef, Gould and Trudeau’s lies do not change that.

Over the years, a succession of callous and insensitive prime ministers motivated by political greed have manipulated our colonial political system to where Canada today is ruled by one man, who has amply demonstrated he is willing to continue to allow our beautiful country to self-destruct, as long as he wins the next election.

Having lived in a country with proportional representation and democratic governments for many years, I find it difficult to comprehend how public trustees in good conscience can allow this to happen.

Hopes for reform were shattered when Harper became prime minister, as he immediately began the process of transforming the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) into a political control centre.

It also became blatantly obvious he was not going to deliver on some very important commitments he made during the election, like “the MPs will be free to vote the way the constituents want them to vote” and “we will elect our Senators.”

Trudeau’s campaign was based and won on the commitment not to use our colonial first-past-the-post (FPTP) ballot ever again.

However, it has become obvious that Trudeau also does not want to change our electoral system, and that lying about it has become second nature to both.

As members of the federal Legislature, your loyalty is to the people who elected you, not your party leaders, who arbitrarily use party discipline to deny us our basic human and constitutional rights to have free and democratic governments.

Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada, Beverly McLachlin has also ruled that “Each citizen is entitled to be represented in government.”

As members of our federal parliament, you do not have the legal or moral latitude to defy the Supreme Court of Canada.

You have also expressed publicly that changing the way our Parliament functions is more important than the way we elect our MPs, but that is not supported by logic.

As the first step in the process of gaining control of our Parliament, we need a proportional ballot to make sure the parties get the representation in thelegislature that accurately reflects the popular vote.

As MPs you are our public trustees, and you have a statutory obligation to make sure we use a proportional ballot in the next federal election.

Andy Thomsen

Peachland

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