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Local group calling for electoral reform on National Day of Action

Last Updated Feb 11, 2017 at 11:31 am EST

THE CANADIAN PRESS/Peter Power

The promise of electoral reform was a key point in the Liberal’s platform, but Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says he feels it’s not in our country’s best interests.

Throughout our country today, people will be showing they disagree, by holding protests.

One of those rallies is being held in Kitchener at Carl Zehr Square Saturday afternoon at 1 p.m.

“Anti-poverty issues haven’t been well addressed by the current Parliament. Native rights groups, indigenous treaties, pipelines not being consulted, clean water, these issues are not being addressed because native people don’t have fair representation,” says Bob Jonkman, with Fair Vote Waterloo.

Last week the government announced that it would not be following through with its electoral reform commitment, saying there is no consensus from Canadians about how to change our voting system.

In Guelph, a rally is expected take place in front of MP Lloyd Longfield’s office at 2 p.m.

Green Party Leader Elizabeth May will speak at an event in Victoria, and similar rallies are planned in Toronto and Montreal.

Trudeau says he’s justified in “turning his back” on his pledge, in part because it could hand more power to fringe parties.