Let down on reform

I was disappointed that you paid so little attention in your pages, and even then only in some editions, to Wednesday’s vote on the recommendations of the parliamentary committee on electoral reform (Liberals Introduce New Fundraising Bill, June 1). The Prime Minister – and all but two of the Liberals who voted – cynically broke the oft-repeated promise to make 2015 the last election using first-past-the-post.

The Conservatives supported the NDP, the Greens and the Bloc Québécois in a rare show of opposition unanimity. The free vote came down to a small margin for the government, 159 to 146.

In the 2019 election, voters will remember the flagrant dismissal of a promise that was instrumental in bringing the Liberals to power. And they will hold the feet of the opposition parties to the fire, to ensure that they not only remember their vote but act on it.

In the meantime, we have a government that excuses its reluctance to act because it has “other things to do.”

As MP Nathan Cullen has said before, who needs a government that cannot walk and chew gum at the same time?

Tina Agrell, Oakville, Ont.



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