Liberals’ electoral reform scheme that seemed so bold during campaign falling flat on arrival

The Trudeau government’s sweeping plan for electoral reform, which struck just the right note of idealistic boldness on the campaign trail, is dead on arrival. The Liberals are now trapped in a classic pincer of their own making — damned if they do, damned if they don’t. Conservative strategists have been handed a gift that will keep on giving, possibly for years to come.

Here’s the top line: it is impossible, not to mention contradictory and hypocritical, to sell a program of democratic renewal that is not itself democratic.