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We Spoke to Justin Trudeau About Democratic Reform and Whether His Party Really Supports C-51

The Liberal leader says his party was in agreement on the anti-terror bill, but they can vote however they like.

by Justin Ling
Jun 23 2015, 5:28pm

Things haven't been going all that well for Justin Trudeau in the last few weeks.

Poll numbers have him running third, a good pace behind the other two parties. He's had candidates resign in frustration over his support of Bill C-51. He's had trouble carving out a niche between Thomas Mulcair and Stephen Harper.

His announcement last week was supposed to change the channel. Trudeau unveiled a suite of reforms intended to tune up Canada's democratic institutions. Everything from allowing his MPs to vote freely on most legislation, to axing the first-past-the-post voting system and making his own office subject to access-to-information legislation.

We sat down with Trudeau to talk about whether that's just nice language, or whether it's something more concrete.