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The Pollcast: Has the Liberal government given up on electoral reform?

Justin Trudeau has mused that the appetite for electoral reform has diminished now that his Liberals have replaced Stephen Harper's government. Is the prime minister backing away from changing the way Canadians vote? Host Éric Grenier is joined by Aaron Wherry and the Ottawa Citizen's Kady O'Malley to discuss.

Host Éric Grenier is joined by Aaron Wherry and the Ottawa Citizen's Kady O'Malley

Maybe electoral reform isn't such a great idea after all. (Chris Wattie/Reuters)

The CBC Pollcast, hosted by CBC poll analyst Éric Grenier, explores the world of electoral politics, political polls and the trends they reveal.


​Has Justin Trudeau given up on electoral reform?

In a recent interview, the prime minister explained that the appetite for electoral reform has diminished now that his government has replaced Stephen Harper's. Some have seen this as an admission that the Liberals have lost interest in changing the way Canadians vote now that the system has put the Liberals in power.

But others see Trudeau as laying down the gauntlet to the opposition parties that are in favour of electoral reform: find consensus or it won't happen.

So where do things stand on the electoral reform issue? Can it still happen? And if the government is backing out, why did it start this process in the first place?

Joining podcast host Éric Grenier to discuss the issue are the CBC's Aaron Wherry and Kady O'Malley of the Ottawa Citizen.

Kady O'Malley from the Ottawa Citizen and the CBC's Aaron Wherry discuss the latest developments surrounding electoral reform. 23:03

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