A new poll shows more Canadians want the electoral system kept the same, while a smaller number support changes.
According to Forum Research, 45% of Canadians want to the maintain the First-Past-The-Post system, as opposed to 38% who want it changed. 17% were unsure.
British Columbia is the only province where more people want the system changed than want it to stay the same. A 44% plurality of BC respondents support changes.
Support for maintaining the current system is highest in Alberta, where a 53% majority favours leaving things as they are.
A plurality of respondents on the Prairies, Ontario, Quebec, and Atlantic Canada all favoured the current system.
Referendum should have been held
The Trudeau government badly mishandled the issue of electoral reform. They won many votes on their promise to change the system, then shut it all down once they realized their preferred option (ranked ballot – which would have benefited the Liberals big time), wasn’t what people wanted.
It exposed Trudeau’s dishonesty, and his lack of trust in the will of the Canadian people. He was caught trying to rig the system to his benefit. He should have put it to a referendum, so Canadians could have a direct say in such a big potential change.
Absent a referendum, keeping the current system is the best alternative. And given these latest poll numbers, it looks like it won’t be changing anytime soon.