So Canada, are your faces red yet?
It looks like Justin Trudeau is walking back what Karl Nerenberg calls his "clear and very personal ownership" of the Liberal pledge to ensure 2015 was the last election to be decided under First-Past-the-Post. For many voters and advocacy groups last October, that was the one campaign promise that made a Liberal government palatable -- and now it may not happen.
"Under Stephen Harper," PM Trudeau told Le Devior, "there were so many people unhappy with the government and their approach that people were saying, 'It will take electoral reform to no longer have a government we don't like.'
"But under the current system, they now have a government they're more satisfied with and the motivation to change the electoral system is less compelling."
Ha ha ha. I think the phrase is: "If the president does it, that means that it is not illegal." Sure it sounds entitled, self-important and deluded -- but for those of us who remember the Liberal governments of Paul Martin, Jean Chretien and, er, Kathleen Wynne, this is just Liberals Liberalling. Broken promises and the LPC go together like gum and nuts.
But maybe electoral reform is only cocktail talk for policy wonks and political science grads. Then we might look at Bill Morneau -- the finance minister! -- who saw no problem inviting mining magnates into his home for a $1,500-a-plate fundraising dinner (oh yeah, we called that one too). Or maybe at the Liberals' announcing climate targets with much pomp and circumstance and then do precisely zero to reach them. Whatever, man, it's the feeling that counts.
Welcome back, Liberal Party of Canada. It's been awhile.
So what's the most Liberal-like act of Liberalling Justin's Liberals have Liberalled?