Congratulations. Now keep your promises.
First of all, fellow Canadians: thank you. Thank you for sending a loud and clear message that blatant racism and fearmongering does not win elections in this country.
We heaved Steve (and then some). But our work is not done.
TO THE LIBERAL PARTY, NEWLY-ELECTED PRIME MINISTER JUSTIN TRUDEAU, AND LOCAL MPs:
Congratulations on your majority win.
You might be feeling pretty comfortable right now. Not only did you upset the Conservative regime, you surged ahead to take 54% of the seats in the House.
With only 40% of the vote.
The system seems to have worked well for you. You can do whatever you want for the next four years, even though less than half of voters support you.
In fact, this is a more tenuous victory than it seems. Make no mistake—we are watching you carefully.
We did not vote for a party. We did not vote for you. We voted for change.
The Conservatives abused their unearned majority, and have now felt the sting of our backlash. The same can happen to you, if you do not hold to your promises:
“We are committed to ensuring that 2015 will be the last federal election conducted under the first-past-the-post voting system.
We will convene an all-party Parliamentary committee to review a wide variety of reforms, such as ranked ballots, proportional representation, mandatory voting, and online voting.
This committee will deliver its recommendations to Parliament. Within 18 months of forming government, we will introduce legislation to enact electoral reform.”
WE ARE THE CANADIAN ELECTORATE WHO BROUGHT YOU TO POWER, AND WE DEMAND ELECTORAL REFORM.
We demand that our voices be heard.
We demand fair representation.
We are paying attention.