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Electoral reform, a realistic way forward

By Helen Forsey      
In the three months since Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's about-face on electoral reform, real change in our voting system has begun to feel like a lost cause, but there's a workable and productive compromise coming out of Newfoundland and Labrador, writes Helen Forsey. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

OMPAH, ONT.—In the three months since Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s about-face on electoral reform, real change in our voting system has begun to feel like a lost cause. A vigorous and high-profile public discussion got pushed back into the shadows, and now, even with NDP MP Nathan Cullen’s upcoming motion in the Commons, the prospects for breathing life back into the issue seem dim. The hopeful “how-to” discourse has morphed into a battle where the various players—organizations and political parties alike—are dug into their own particular positions and unwilling to lose face. There might appear to be no way out.

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