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Flawed election reforms

Toronto Sun

2 February 2016

Re:  “The electoral treachery of Justin Trudeau, ” (Mark Bonokoski, Toronto Sun, Jan. 7):  So let me get this straight; Justin had a problem with Harper using his majority government to ram the Fair Elections Act through Parliament, so in response it looks like he is going to use his majority government to ram his election reforms through Parliament?

As Bono points out, if Trudeau institutes a ranked ballot system, it would rig all future elections in favour of the Liberals.  This, in my opinion, would be the ONLY reason for Trudeau’s desire for electoral reform.  I know most Liberal supporters will like the idea of “Canada’s Natural Governing Party” being able to govern in perpetuity.  Although I am disappointed the Conservatives lost the recent election, even I can admit that the longer a particular party is in power, the greater the chance for corruption and/or complacency.  Sometimes a change of governing party, not just Prime Minister, is a good thing.  Even Newstalk 1010 Morning Show host John Moore, a Liberal supporter, conceded that Paul Martin deserved to loose the 2006 election.  While our present system may not be perfect, it is better than the alternatives.  I hope Liberal supporters are ready for the consequences of Justin’s proposed reforms.


(Trudeau is using the first-past-the-post voting system which gave him a majority of the seats despite only receiving a minority of the votes, to make historic changes to how Canadians vote. It’s not a logical argument)

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Bruce Forsyth

Bruce Forsyth served in the Royal Canadian Navy Reserve for 13 years (1987-2000). He served with units in Toronto, Hamilton & Windsor and worked or trained at CFB Esquimalt, CFB Halifax, CFB Petawawa, CFB Kingston, CFB Toronto, Camp Borden, The Burwash Training Area and LFCA Training Centre Meaford.

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