Northern Reflections: Something Rotten

It goes without saying that a lot hangs on the Supreme Court’s review of Justice Lederer’s decision to rerun the election in Etobicoke-Centre. Some claim that it’s only a matter of 26 votes. But, as Michael Harris points out, a little history — particularly the history of the 2008 election in that riding — gives ...

Northern Reflections: The Precedent Has Been Set

Yesterday, Ontario Superior Court judge Thomas Lederer overturned the election results in Etobicoke Centre because the number of votes he set aside exceeded the margin of victory for Conservative candidate, Ted Opitz. Lederer wrote that what makes an election victory legitimate is certainty: “We need to be assured that those who vote are qualified to ...