The man behind an online petition calling for the Liberal government to recommit to its electoral reform pledge says early signs of a flip-flop from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau prompted him to launch the initiative months before last Wednesday’s announcement. Inspiring the petition was Justin Trudeau’s interview in Le Devoir on Oct. 19. “In that interview, he signalled electoral reform might not happen because, he said, support for it had waned,” petitioner Jonathan Cassels told CBC News. Cassels, who works in banking, said he often engages in political discussions via social media. But when he expressed concern over the prime minister’s words online, Cassels said he received dozens of responses.
Trudeau’s 2015 campaign promise of electoral reform was a major incentive to vote Liberal in the last election, Cassels said.
“I was immediately on social media, saying ‘What do we do about this? Online petition? Letter writing campaign? Protest? We need something.'”
With sponsorship from member of Parliament and NDP critic of democratic reform Nathan Cullen, Cassels officially submitted the e-petition on Nov. 6, 2016.