Trudeau says he remains open to electoral reform if Liberals are re-elected – .

Trudeau says he remains open to electoral reform if Liberals are re-elected – .

Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau said he remains open to getting rid of the first past the post electoral system in Canada if his party is re-elected, provided there is more consensus on the issue – this which he said was lacking in the past.

Trudeau said, however, that he would not favor proportional representation as an alternative, because it “gives more weight to small parties that are perhaps fringe parties.”

Instead, he says a preferential ballot would be his preference as it contributes to less confrontational elections.

The Liberal leader first raised the prospect of electoral reform in 2015 by promising that the federal election held that year would be the last to use the first past the post system, a promise he would ultimately return to.

Trudeau was asked about the matter during a campaign hiatus in Aurora, Ont., Today, shortly after his party announced it was severing ties with a Toronto candidate who had previously faced a charge of sexual assault which was subsequently dropped.

The party said on Friday it learned of the allegations against Kevin Vuong from a Toronto Star article a day earlier and asked him to “put his campaign on hold”.

But the party released a statement on Saturday saying Vuong will no longer be a Liberal candidate, and if he is elected to represent Spadina-Fort York on Monday, he will not be a member of the Liberal caucus.

Vuong denied the allegations against him in a statement Friday, and noted that the charge had been withdrawn.

Court documents confirm Vuong was charged with sexual assault in 2019 and the charge was withdrawn later in the year.

Spadina Fort-York was previously represented by Liberal Adam Vaughan, who will not be running in 2021.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published on September 18, 2021.


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