Is this report, from Global News, the thin edge of the Liberal strategic wedge to break the election system change promise?
It has long been rumoured that senior Liberal strategists were and remain dismayed by Team Trudeau‘s electoral reform promise. They, those senior Liberal strategists, understand that the existing first-past-the-post (FPTP) system works for both the CPC and the LPC: under FPTP one or the other of those two parties will govern, more often than not with a majority. Each will get a break, too, to renew its leadership and policy base. I have explained, before, how the system will likely keep the two major parties in power for the foreseeable future. It is very likely that any other system will fragment both Conservative and Liberal support and promote small parties at their expense.
Now, the Global News report quotes Minister Monsef as saying that “Canada may not have a new system for electing governments by 2019, despite Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s promise voters would never again use the current system … [and] … Democratic Reform Minister Maryam Monsef on Sunday refused to guarantee her work so far on the file is leading to reform that will be in place by the next general election.”
Could this be Minister Monsef’s swan song? Could a divided committee ~ with a Liberal minority isolated on one side of the issue ~ coupled with the minister’s (overdue) resignation be the excuse the Liberals need to explain away their promise?