Opinion: Jagmeet Singh and first-past-the-post system

NDP leader, Jagmeet Singh, has a few issues with the Canadian electoral system.

Jagmeet Singh

Jagmeet Singh explained to his caucus during a retreat in Surrey, British Columbia, that Trudeau abandoned a campaign promise for electoral reform due to the fact that he was worried that any change in the electoral system could make it easier for fringe right-wing parties to rise in popularity.

Singh’s message towards the electoral system change stems from the fact that he is not entirely impressed with Doug Ford’s Premiership, claiming that Ford has a “petty vendetta” against Toronto.

Additionally, Singh also commented on Bernier’s newly launched “anti-immigrant” party.

How can Singh complain about the way the political system works?  First of all, the Conservatives are now split because of Bernier’s whole ordeal.  Moreover, Bernier’s numbers are going up, meaning that the unity for Scheer’s Conservative party is not the same as it was when Bernier was included.

How would fringe-right parties even take advantage of the first-past-the-post system?  What far-right parties are even making any waves across the nation?

According to a poll supported an omnibus survey, only 17% of Canadians find Bernier’s new party appealing.  Does Singh really consider Bernier’s party threatening and on the fringes?  Singh’s comments must come from a place of fear now that he’s facing real competition with Bernier’s party vying for a hypothetical third party status.  The majority of Canadians are also nowhere right of the current Conservative party which we have already emphasized, has lost some of its following.

Second of all, if the electoral system really does require any sort of reform, according to Singh, then how was he able to acquire a substantial enough amount of seats to earn a role as Official Opposition in the Canadian federal parliament?

Justin Trudeau was able to galvanize Liberal party numbers to conquer Stephen Harper’s Conservatives in 2015.  Maybe the New Democratic party leader should focus on mending his policies like the Liberals did, generating some new voters, and getting some money from his party, before making any ridiculous statements about his political colleagues.


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Jonathan Wasserlauf
Jonathan is interested in the intersection between politics, pop culture, the media, and their audiences.
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