I am by no means well read on the nitty gritty of Canadian federal elections, but this strikes me as an incredibly bad idea: [Former B.C. Chief Electoral Officer Harry Neufeld] says Section 44 of the government’s new legislation would allow all central polling supervisors to be appointed by a riding’s incumbent candidate or the candidate’s party.“It’s completely inappropriate in a democracy, ” said Neufeld.
Under current legislation, central poll supervisors are appointed by returning officers, who are hired by Elections Canada. The supervisors are put in place at polling stations to make sure voting unfolds smoothly.
Assorted content for your weekend reading.
- Murray Dobbin points to the oil sector’s utter domination of Canada’s federal political scene. And Dr. Dawg sums up the problem: Briefly, the Harperium has now taken to grossly misusing the state apparatus to spy upon and intimidate citizens who dare to disagree with the Prime Minister. The RCMP and CSIS have been improperly deployed against perfectly non-violent folks who happen to oppose the development of the filthy, polluting Alberta Tar Sands—including a story-telling seniors’ group.
The cop-and-spook brigade have, as it turns out, been meeting in cabal with oil company execs, (Read more…)
by: Obert Madondo
Prime Minister Stephen Harper. Photo by Remy Steinegger
The Harper Conservatives’ Bill C-23, the so-called “Fair Elections” Act, violates Section 3 of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
It’s clear the Conservatives are preparing to steal the 2015 federal election. Bill C-23 is part of their ongoing war on the politically-marginalized. It unequivocally proposes to disenfranchise non-Conservative voters and marginalized groups.
The Charter’s Section 3 clearly states that “Every citizen of Canada has the right to vote in an election of the members of the House of Commons or of a legislative assembly and to be qualified for (Read more…)
Wading through C-23 is feeling more and more like trying to pick one's way through a minefield. Every step, you half expect to find something that is going to go "click" … followed by a very loud bang.
Today, I bring you what the Conservatives are doing to the ability of Elections Canada to evaluate what is happening in our elections and take steps to make things work better. (Hint: It isn't good for Canada)
At present, Section 18 of the Canada Elections Act reads as follows: 18. (1) The Chief Electoral Officer may im- plement public education and information pro- (Read more…)
This and that for your Thursday reading.
- Donovan Vincent reports on the Institute for Social Research’s study showing Canadians are highly concerned about income inequality: “People think the income gap has gotten worse. What was surprising to me was the universality of this belief. Younger people, older, higher levels of education, lower, men and women. The fact is, a wide cross-section of Canadian society believes that the income gap has gotten bigger, or much bigger in the last five years,” survey author David Northrup said in an interview.
“Usually we see a lot more variation in opinion in social (Read more…)
Well let's be clear, as he likes to say. Forget the smokescreen of fancy words, or the long list of minor changes, or the Orwellian name, the Fair Elections Act.Baby Face Poilievre may have pulled the trigger.But this was Boss Harper's revenge. Read more »
Assorted content to end your day.
- Bloomberg reminds us of the nest egg Norway has built up by taking ownership of its own natural resources (and the consensus among conservative parties and business groups in favour of social spending is also worth highlighting). And Canadians for Tax Fairness point out the growing global movement calling for tax justice as part of a more fair distribution of wealth.
- But sadly, Jimmy Gutman notes that Saskatchewan is following a rather different path – with piracy taking the place of stewardship.
- And our local regressives certainly have their peers elsewhere (Read more…)
Miscellaneous material to start your week.
- Josh Eidelson and John Schmitt take a look at the guaranteed annual income which will be voted on in Switzerland – and the sole barrier to a similar discussion in the U.S. (and likely in Canada): What is a universal basic income, and why are we hearing more about it now?
The proposals that are floating around the world vary a lot. But the basic idea is, no matter what you do, if you’re a resident — or in some cases, a citizen — you get a certain amount of money each (Read more…)
This and that to end your weekend.
- Daniel Goleman writes about the role of wealth in undermining empathy: (I)n general, we focus the most on those we value most. While the wealthy can hire help, those with few material assets are more likely to value their social assets: like the neighbor who will keep an eye on your child from the time she gets home from school until the time you get home from work. The financial difference ends up creating a behavioral difference. Poor people are better attuned to interpersonal relations — with those of the same strata, (Read more…)
All over the news yesterday was headlines about Dean Del Mastro being charged by Elections Canada for misdeeds in the 2008 election.
You’d think I’d be cheering. I’m not.
Yes, I’m glad that Del Mastro will, at last, have to answer for questionable campaign practices in the 2008 election.
But, it was the fraudulent practices of the Conservatives during the 2006 and 2008 elections that led to the much more widespread fraud that they carried out in the 2011 election – and that election is the one where the greatest damage has been done to Canada.
The fact that it (Read more…)
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The days of easy-going top down manipulation and disregard for almost everyone could be drawing to an end for PM Steve Harper.
In todays National Post Dean Del Mastro MP is a featured cheater of the week.
Oh, yes it is a beautiful day but when are we going to see the back of Steve?
He is not having fun anymore. People talk back, question his integrity and refuse to roll over for his pipelines are good for you mantra.
Dean De Mastro MP Peterborough nailed by Elections Canada
The Keystone Pipeline is looking dimmer (Read more…)
This and that for your weekend reading.
- Toby Sanger asks who really bears the risk when governments agree to hand over billions to the private sector through P3 arrangements: While Canada may be one of the leaders in the market for P3s, we’re far from a leader when it comes to transparency, assessment and accounting for P3s. P3s are already a murky business when it comes to financial transparency—and we’re close to the bottom of that pool. The value for money assessments used to justify P3s in Canada are simply not credible for a number of reasons…
All the Canadian (Read more…)
Attention, all you democrats, mark it on your calendars: the International Day of Democracy, Sunday, September 15th—as declared by the UN General Assembly in 2007 with resolution 62/7.
Following the big day is Democracy Week, September 16-23. Elections Canada is inviting Canadians to participate in events and activities across the country. The theme this year is “Connect with democracy.”
As far as I’m concerned, the big news with #shuffle13 is the absence of Dean Del Mastro.
Dean Del Mastro has served as Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs, since 2011.
In fact, Dean Del Mastro has logged more time [check Hansard] speaking as the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs than the former Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs, Peter Penashue [before he resigned!].
Maybe Dean Del Mastro’s problems with Elections Canada had something to do with not being promoted?
Can’t help but wonder if this is a salvo in the Conservative battle to undermine the credibility and legitimacy of Elections Canada, given the recent and past party ‘indiscretions’ that have come to the attention of that body.
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This and that for your Sunday reading.
- I’ll quickly link to a few Robocon stories which I han’t yet blogged. Karl Nerenberg noted that the Federal Court decision finding widespread election fraud using the Cons’ voter database was only the beginning, and Jean-Pierre Kingsley was hopeful that the ruling would lead to needed improvements in Elections Canada’s authority. But the continued obstruction of the Cons themselves makes it clear that the public interest couldn’t be lower on the Harper government’s priority list.
- Meanwhile, as a stark contrast to the Cons’ determination not to let anybody get to the (Read more…)
Elections Canada’s “Preventing Deceptive Communications with Electors” report, a response to the robocalls election fraud of 2011, recommends legislation that provides basic privacy protections to voters while stopping political parties from engaging in deceptive communications.
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By: Obert Madondo | The Canadian Progressive: The Harper Conservatives will not be introducing the comprehensive “election reform act” they promised Canadians, after all. The bill was due to be tabled in Parliament on Thursday. Apparently, the Conservatives have discovered a “last minute” issue with their own piece of legislation. An issue so [...]
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Officials from Elections Canada have laid an information in a Guelph court alleging one charge against Michael Sona, a former Conservative Party of Canada staffer and campaign executive.
You guys know I don’t blog often. I greet most political issues with a sens of ennui, and most ‘debates’ frustrate me as tired screaming matches between partisans. This dispute, however, has much, much more to it.
I communicated with Sona and someone who was helping him to manage issues related to his dismissal from his Parliament Hill job. They were concerned about his entitlements, and they were concerned about
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By: Obert Madondo | The Canadian Progressive: Stiffer penalties for election fraud, more voter privacy and robust investigative powers are some of the recommendations Elections Canada made in its long-awaited report on the robocalls scandal, which rocked the May 2011 federal election. Canada’s Chief Electoral Officer, Marc Mayrand, presented the report to Parliament [...]
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This and that for your Sunday reading.
- Alan Feuer writes about New York City’s brilliant use of “big data” to connect the dots in making public policy. And the examples look like a rather compelling reason why we should be looking to expand public-sector data collection and analysis as part of any remotely viable regulatory structure – rather than following the right-wing model of reducing the public sector to checking whether private-sector actors have filed paperwork claiming to have complied with the law.
- Chantal Hebert theorizes that the Harper Cons may be facing their seven-year itch. Alison’s updated
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This and that for your Thursday reading.
- Murray Dobbin writes about the significance of Idle No More as a shift away from the presumption that First Nations’ interests are represented solely by elected officials: There are some fascinating similarities between the Idle No More phenomenon and the Occupy movement. Both reflect a political dualism: they are focused on the lack of democracy, justice and equality for ordinary people and they are implicitly (and with Idle No More explicitly) telling conventional movement organizations that are supposed to speak for them that they have failed. And it should come as no
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by Council of Canadians: After a six-day federal court hearing, eight electors in six ridings have made a strong case that there was widespread voter suppression in the 2011 federal election that benefited Conservative Party candidates. They have asked the federal court judge to annul the results in the six ridings. “The fact that the READ MORE