Northern Reflections: Not Their Finest Hour

After the Supreme Court’s historic ruling on Etobicoke Centre last week, some commentators applauded the decision as a reaffirmation of Canadians’ right to vote. But Michael Harris points to the minority opinion, written by Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin, which takes issue with the quality of evidence upon which the majority based its decision: First, the ...

Northern Reflections: A Vote For Plutocracy

In a split decision, the Supreme Court today upheld Ted Opitz’ win in Etobicoke Centre. The court reinstated 59 of the 79 votes that Justice Thomas Lederer threw out, reasoning that the only invalid votes were “instances where there was no voter’s signature on the registration certificate. The signature is supposed to be the voter’s ...

Northern Reflections: The Battle Has Begun

And, if we thought we had heard the last of robocalls, we were sadly mistaken. Allison Cross reported in yesterday’s National Post that the electors of  Etobicoke Centre are receiving what appear to be voter identification calls from the Conservative Party: The calls, which began on Friday and continued through the weekend, started with the ...