Our hope is that the current government did not feel it had the political capital to move electoral reform forward and that once strong Canada-wide support is shown for a specific voting system, the government will gladly jump on board and thereby save face for the many Liberal MPs who campaigned on a promise of a new voting system.
In addition, it may be that other political parties saw the opportunity to score political points over a failure to enact a promised end to first-past-the-post voting as more important than electoral reform. Again, we hope that a strong show of Canada-wide support will change this political calculation in the future.
We know that serious strategy can’t rest just on hope. The campaign is consciously designed to move democracy in Canada forward even if the federal government and more generally Parliament ignores a demonstration of widespread support for Local PR. In particular:
- In some ways, we are providing an explicit test of Canadian democracy. Failure of this test by Parliament will in itself make the need for democratic reform stronger in the minds of many Canadians.
- Canadians will have learned more about the potential to have a voting system that better reflects voter intention while keeping local MPs and respecting voters' preferences for how they make their choices of who will represent them.
- The groundwork will have thereby been laid to make real electoral reform a major issue in the 2019 election.
- The campaign will also advocate testing Local PR at both the municipal level (where wards exist) and the provincial level.
For more details on the evolving strategy for Local PR go to allvotescount.ca/strategy