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The Canadian Progressive: Harper to blame for Elections Canada’s awful voter registration mess

Elections Canada has made an awful mess of voter registration for the 2015 federal election. It’s a mess that recalls bad memories of the 2011 robocall scandal. Stephen Harper is partly to blame.

The post Harper to blame for Elections Canada’s awful voter registration mess appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

. . . → Read More: The Canadian Progressive: Harper to blame for Elections Canada’s awful voter registration mess

Accidental Deliberations: On positive precedents

Naturally, there’s plenty of discussion today about the Supreme Court of Canada’s decision on Boris Wrzesnewskyj’s challenge to the 2011 federal election results in Etobicoke Centre. But I’ll take a moment to highlight a couple of passages which show why the decision doesn’t affect challenges based on fraud or corruption – but may serve to . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: On positive precedents

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

CANADIAN PROGRESSIVE WORLD: Harper Conservatives Lose Robocalls Fraud Court Challenge

The Federal Court has nuked the Conservatives effort to stop the courts from hearing a legal challenge to some of the results of the 2011 federal election. With the support of The Council of Canadians, individuals in seven of the more than 40 affected ridings legally challenged the results under the Canada Elections Act. In . . . → Read More: CANADIAN PROGRESSIVE WORLD: Harper Conservatives Lose Robocalls Fraud Court Challenge

Pop The Stack: You’re Wrong Adam Goldenberg

Adam Goldenberg has an opinion on strategic campaigning and he is off base in so many ways. Green party leader Elizabeth May has suggested that her party and the NDP refrain from running candidates in the Etobicoke Centre by-election. But Mr. Goldenberg says:

Elections are not primarily about picking winners and losers. The process matters . . . → Read More: Pop The Stack: You’re Wrong Adam Goldenberg

Pop The Stack: You’re Wrong Adam Goldenberg

Adam Goldenberg has an opinion on strategic campaigning and he is off base in so many ways. Green party leader Elizabeth May has suggested that her party and the NDP refrain from running candidates in the Etobicoke Centre by-election. But Mr. Goldenberg says:

Elections are not primarily about picking winners and losers. The process matters . . . → Read More: Pop The Stack: You’re Wrong Adam Goldenberg

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

Accidental Deliberations: New column day

Here, expanding on a previous blog post as to how the Etobicoke Centre appeal heard by the Supreme Court this week may affect future Canadian elections.

For more, see the coverage from Macleans, Postmedia, the Hill Times and CBC, as well as columns from Susan Delacourt and Adam Goldenberg (who takes opposite view that technicalities . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: New column day

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

Accidental Deliberations: Wednesday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material for your mid-week reading.

– Among the other possible tests in an impending Etobicoke Centre by-election, here’s one I’ll be curious to watch: will attention to the Robocon scandal turn the Cons’ usual misleading robocall blast strategy into a liability rather than a low-cost means of injecting messages into voters’ minds?

– Dr. . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Wednesday Morning Links

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

Trashy's World: Con talking head is “disappointed” in our democratic process…

…huh? Conservative Party spokesman Fred DeLorey called the decision disappointing. “Fifty two thousand people in Etobicoke-Centre followed the rules, cast their ballots and today had their democratic decision thrown into doubt,” he said. Well, no, Mr. DeLorey. Some of those 52,000 voters in the riding did NOT follow the rules and that is why the . . . → Read More: Trashy’s World: Con talking head is “disappointed” in our democratic process…

Scott's DiaTribes: ACTIVIST JUDGES!!!!

Scream, rant, rave!!!!!

‘Judge Overturns Election Result In Etobicoke-Centre:

Defeated Toronto Liberal Borys Wrzesnewskyjhas won his legal case to have election results in Etobicoke-Centre thrown out, opening the way for a byelection in the riding. Wrzesnewskyj lost by 26 votes to Conservative Ted Opitz in last May’s federal election but a judge ruled Friday that . . . → Read More: Scott’s DiaTribes: ACTIVIST JUDGES!!!!

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

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

BigCityLib Strikes Back: Holy Crap: Etobicoke Centre Federal Election Result Declared Null And Void!

Due to “irregularities” in the vote.  This is important for several reasons.  It seeds the media with CPoC-as-vote -fraudster stories for several weeks (at least until the Supreme Court issues its decision).  And if the SC concurs, it coughs up an eminently LPoC-winnable seat in bye-election that will have an immense symbolic significance: no less . . . → Read More: BigCityLib Strikes Back: Holy Crap: Etobicoke Centre Federal Election Result Declared Null And Void!