Advertisement

Liberals defeat motion on electoral reform promise

The Liberals have defeated a motion by the NDP that called on the party to apologize for dropping electoral reform.
The Liberals have defeated a motion by the NDP that called on the party to apologize for dropping electoral reform. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Peter Power

OTTAWA – Liberal MPs have defeated a motion that accused the government of misleading Canadians when it promised to eliminate the first-past-the-post voting system in time for the next election.

TIMELINE: A look back at Liberal promises on electoral reform

The motion put forward in the House of Commons by the New Democrats was defeated 175-129.

The motion would also have called on the Liberal government to apologize for breaking the pledge.

WATCH: Liberals bail on long-held promise to change Canada’s voting system

Click to play video: 'Liberals bail on long-held promise to change Canada’s voting system' Liberals bail on long-held promise to change Canada’s voting system
Liberals bail on long-held promise to change Canada’s voting system – Feb 1, 2017

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau promised on the campaign trail and in the speech from the throne to change the way Canadians cast their ballots in time for 2019.

Story continues below advertisement

READ MORE: Trudeau called a ‘liar,’ the ‘most cynical’ of politicians for ditching electoral reform promise

The Liberal government abandoned that idea earlier this month, arguing their consultations on the issue did not produce a consensus on the best way forward.

Sponsored content