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In a radio show in Montreal, Justin Trudeau told the host that he had a conversation with Former Prime Minister Matteo Renzi about Brexit and the consequential resignation of Prime Minister David Cameron.
Trudeau made these comments prior to the vote in Italy being held to propose changes to the country’s constitution and parliamentary system. According to Trudeau, referendums are bad things to happen because they give the people a chance to lash out on institutions.
Earlier this month, Prime Minister Mattero Renzi resigned after suffering a heavy defeat in the referendum which called for more power for prime ministers and a neutered senate. Trudeau’s comments are mostly based on the comments made by his democratic institutions minister Maryam Monsef.
Monsef gained popularity after she criticized the all-party electoral reform committee’s report, failing to suggest an alternative to replace the current voting system. However, later, she apologized for using the House of Commons floor for mocking months of their work.
There have been efforts made to search for alternatives in the form of proportional representation, ranked ballots, mandatory voting and online voting. This gave way to the government actually designing a new form of voting and holding a referendum to get the people’s opinion on it.
During his campaigning in 2015, Trudeau had promised that this would be the last year that elections would be held according to the first-past-the-post system. The Prime Minister may have expressed his dislike for referendums, but he has forgotten that it is one of the most important tools for a democratic government. One of the basic principles of the Democratic system is the people’s opinion and you cannot mock something like that without any solid reason.
There have been messages sent to the ministry of Trudeau by the public demanding a referendum regarding the current system of voting, and this is something that he cannot just ignore because he dislikes it.