Inflation

On May 24, 2005, a by-election was held in the federal riding of Labrador, after the unfortunate passing of MP Lawrence O’Brien. One interesting thing about that by-election is this little graphic found on the Elections Canada website: It is particularly interesting in light of this excerpt from a recent CBC story describing the expenses ...

Special Ballots

Regular readers have probably seen a few rants on this topic before, but here’s a wee bit more in today’s Western Star on the bizarre provisions in the Elections Act which allow special ballots in Newfoundland & Labrador to be cast before the election is even called. Admittedly, I’ve conflated two different issues here, so ...

Further to previous…

… as the Globe and Mail reports, and with the Labour Day Weekend drawing to a close, Brian Topp’s “recusal” from setting NDP leadership rules continues unabated. You’ll get tired of me saying this, but it is straight out of an Orwell novel, I swear. On a side note, check the reference at the end ...

Updated with hyperlinks

A previous version of this post is the most Googled thing I’ve ever written, so I’ll keep re-posting it with updates as the busy electoral season approaches. It’s a calendar of upcoming dates and deadlines for political junkies/candidates/hacks across Canada. Post a comment or drop me a line if you have anything to add. I’m ...

New Dawn

Excerpted below is the portion of the Elections Act 1991, SNL 1992, c E-3.1 which essentially makes relevant portions of that Act applicable to public consultation of electors by way of plebiscite: 217. (1) Where it appears to the Lieutenant-Governor in Council that an expression of opinion of the electors is desirable on a matter ...

Arizona Free Enterprise Club’s Freedom Club PAC et al v. Bennett

The Arizona Citizens Clean Elections Act is pretty much dead. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled today that ensuring a competitive political system by subsidizing candidates is a violation of the First Amendment rights of those candidates who accept gobs of corporate cash. There’s a fantastic dissent to this ridiculously-reasoned decision, but alas, it’s a dissent. ...

Stephen Harper and the Canada Elections Act

11 years ago today, Stephen Harper filed a Statement of Claim with the Court of Queen’s Bench in Alberta, demanding that numerous provisions of the Canada Elections Act which related to spending restrictions on third party advertising be declared unconstitutional. It took nearly four years, and numerous decisions before Supreme Court of Canada ruled on ...

Electoral financing reform

From the CBC’s website, my pal (and pretty smart guy) David Herle on Harper’s proposal to scrap the current public subsidization of political parties. “The government of the day should no more be able to set political financing rules that benefit its party than it should be able to arbitrarily write new riding boundaries. That’s ...