Justin Trudeau's newly minted Minister of Democratic Institutions has received her mandate letter. In part, it reads:
There has been tremendous work by the House of Commons Special Committee on Electoral Reform, outreach by Members of Parliament by all parties, and engagement of 360,000 individuals in Canada through mydemocracy.ca … A clear preference for a new electoral system, let alone a consensus, has not emerged. Furthermore, without a clear preference or a clear question, a referendum would not be in Canada’s interest. Changing the electoral system will not be in your mandate.
I don't often agree with Tasha Kheiriddin. But in this case, she's got it right:
Rather than deliver the goods, Trudeau backed down when it was clear that electoral reform had been hopelessly mismanaged, would likely require a referendum, and would not benefit the Liberals in any case.
Instead, Trudeau has changed the channel and maintains that -- after Russian interference in the American election -- we should focus on electoral cyber security. It's a Trumpian distraction.
I am -- to put it mildly -- gravely disappointed.