When Trudeau reneged on his solemn promise that Canadians would never have to put up with another first-past-the-post election, another false majority government, he covered his ass with the story that there had been no consensus for change either in committee or among the public.
That seemed to be an implausibly thin excuse given that Trudeau had done nothing to increase public awareness of electoral reform, why we needed it and the competing options.
Now that implausibly thin excuse turns out to have been just another of Justin's tall tales. He switched course because he feared proportional rep might lead to admission of "extremist voices in the House."
The Liberal cabinet is said to have been overwhelmingly opposed to proportional representation, which aims to allot seats in the legislature in proportion to the national popular vote. Ministers, the source says, believed Canada was better served with broader "big tent" parties.
The source added the ministers were concerned that proportional representation could open the door to smaller regional or fringe parties in the House of Commons, including the alt-right, a loosely defined political movement that includes white nationalists and white supremacists.
The spectre of such a party holding the balance of power in Parliament is said to have been raised.
Oh yeah, and they feared that Canadians can't be trusted to go through a referendum without tearing the country all apart.
The Liberals had not previously ruled out the possibility, but during an appearance in July before the special committee on electoral reform, Minister of Democratic Institutions Maryam Monsef said referendums "can and have often led to deep divisions within Canadian and other societies, divisions which have not been easily healed."
So, you see, they're only doing it - reneging on their promise, even all the cover up lying - not for their benefit but for ours. It's for our own good. We can't be trusted with such things. We'd ruin the furniture and God knows who we might let in the door. We shouldn't be troubling our pretty minds with that stuff. Leave it to the folks in the big pants.