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Canadian ProgressiveCanadian Progressive: What Etobicoke Politics Have in Common With Zimbabwe

by Obert Madondo | Huffington Post http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/obert-madondo/etobicoke-vote_b_2008161.html On Thursday, the Supreme Court of Canada will rule on the Etobicoke Centre vote dispute. A landmark 1995 by-election in Harare South, Zimbabwe, suggests that, in the interests of true democracy, Canada’s highest court should uphold the decision by Justice Thomas Lederer of the Ontario Superior Court, who . . . → Read More: Canadian ProgressiveCanadian Progressive: What Etobicoke Politics Have in Common With Zimbabwe

Impolitical: By-election palooza: It is on for November 26th

On a Sunday morning, prime time for political news after all, the PM has called the by-elections that need to be called to fill the vacancies in the House of Commons due to various resignations: “Harper calls 3 byelections for Nov. 26.” I don’t know why he didn’t get this out of the way Friday . . . → Read More: Impolitical: By-election palooza: It is on for November 26th

A BCer in Toronto: Liberal leadership procedure and process update from Mike Crawley

Today was the Liberal Party of Canada (Ontario)’s Toronto region day, where Liberals from the ridings of greater Toronto gathered to  talk organization, policy and rebuilding. A few items of interest to share, particularly on the leadership front.

Speaking of leadership, as I believe in full disclosure I’ll say that I’m supporting Deborah Coyne for . . . → Read More: A BCer in Toronto: Liberal leadership procedure and process update from Mike Crawley

CANADIAN PROGRESSIVE WORLD: Elections Canada Out To Sabotage Etobicoke Centre By-election

There’s no better way to characterize the agency’s role in the high-stakes Etobicoke Centre by-election appeal heard by the Supreme Court of Canada earlier this week. The “independent” and “non-partisan” agency responsible for conducting federal elections and referendums in Canada is unequivocally siding with Ted Opitz, the Conservative MP who filed the appeal.

Opitz is . . . → Read More: CANADIAN PROGRESSIVE WORLD: Elections Canada Out To Sabotage Etobicoke Centre By-election

Impolitical: Elections Canada’s new motion at the Supreme Court on Etobicoke-Centre

CBC is reporting this today, based on a motion filed with the Supreme Court earlier this week: “Elections Canada has new evidence in Etobicoke Centre.” Apparently Elections Canada has found this: Elections Canada has found that 44 of the voters who were disqualified in the court hearing are in fact on the National Register of . . . → Read More: Impolitical: Elections Canada’s new motion at the Supreme Court on Etobicoke-Centre

A BCer in Toronto: Will Joe Volpe follow in Borys Wrzesnewskyj’s footsteps in Eglington-Lawrence?

Former Etobocoke-Centre Liberal MP Borys Wrzesnewskyj has won headlines for his legal challenge to force a by-election due to election irregularities, and it appears another former Liberal MP, Joe Volpe, may be considering following suit.

Wrzesnewskyj won an Ontario Superior Court ruling ordering a new election in the riding after irregularities that put . . . → Read More: A BCer in Toronto: Will Joe Volpe follow in Borys Wrzesnewskyj’s footsteps in Eglington-Lawrence?

A BCer in Toronto: Borys Wrzesnewskyj: This election is about fixing the system

On Tuesday evening I attended the nomination meeting for Borys Wrzesnewskyj as the Liberal candidate in Etobicoke-Centre where, if an Ontario Superior Court ruling holds, a by-election will be held due to irregularities uncovered in the voting in 2011 that, given the small margin of victory of Conservative Ted Opitz, put the actual . . . → Read More: A BCer in Toronto: Borys Wrzesnewskyj: This election is about fixing the system

Impolitical: On keeping elections out of court

Now that Conservative Ted Opitz has launched his appeal of the nullification of the Etobicoke-Centre election result, it looks like a bit of a public relations effort has started by Conservative friendlies to raise doubt about the judgment. See Tom Flanagan in the Globe today fixating on the 79 votes that the judge found to . . . → Read More: Impolitical: On keeping elections out of court

Impolitical: Conservatives appeal in Etobicoke-Centre

“Tory in overturned Toronto election to go to Supreme Court.” Under the Canada Elections Act, the Supreme Court is required to hear an appeal of a contested election result “without delay and in a summary manner.” Andres Garin, the court’s executive legal officer, couldn’t give firm details of how the case will be handled, noting . . . → Read More: Impolitical: Conservatives appeal in Etobicoke-Centre

Impolitical: Judge overturns Etobicoke-Centre election result

“I declare the election null and void as contemplated under s.531(2) of the Canada Elections Act.” (para. 154)

The overturned result is making the rounds all over, reported here at CBC & Canadian Press. Described as “rare” and “groundbreaking.” In other words, it suits the times considering the new, highly organized electoral challenges we have . . . → Read More: Impolitical: Judge overturns Etobicoke-Centre election result

Calgary Grit: Rematch in Etobicoke Centre

Despite all the close votes over the years, this is a first:

Election result in Toronto riding thrown out by judge

Conservative MP Ted Opitz’s 2011 federal election win last year in Etobicoke Centre was declared null and void today in a challenge by former Liberal MP Borys Wrzesnewskyj.

Opitz won the May 2011 election . . . → Read More: Calgary Grit: Rematch in Etobicoke Centre

CalgaryGrit: Rematch in Etobicoke Centre

Despite all the close votes over the years, this is a first:

Election result in Toronto riding thrown out by judge

Conservative MP Ted Opitz’s 2011 federal election win last year in Etobicoke Centre was declared null and void today in a challenge by former Liberal MP Borys Wrzesnewskyj.

Opitz won the May 2011 election . . . → Read More: CalgaryGrit: Rematch in Etobicoke Centre