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 ...

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 nullified the ...

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 ...

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 the narrow ...

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 result of ...

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 ...

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 ...

The Sixth Estate: Conservatives Could Have Been Hoisted on Own Petard in Etobicoke Election Case

This week former Liberal MP Borys Wrzesnewskyj is in court arguing that his defeat by Conservative candidate Ted Opitz last year should be overturned because the number of ballots which were cast illegally is greater than the number of votes by which Opitz won the election — just 26. Opitz and Elections Canada are in ...