I guess it makes sense. Tim Hudak is incapable of coming up with an original idea, for obvious reasons.So he is always borrowing them from others.He borrowed his economic platform from the Koch brothers. Mike Harris' old gang is running his campaign.And now he's clearly taken his voter suppression idea from the Harper Cons. Read more »
Counsellor Shrybman: The Doubter
One thing is for sure: for the next two decades or more, constitutional law professors in every law university in Canada will be rubbing their hands in delight at being able to present to law students the report of a commissioner into electoral fraud, and a point-by-point analysis of the commissioner’s report by a lawyer with experience in electoral fraud cases. Once can just imagine the glee of the law professors when they ask their students to contrast the methodologies used by a Federal Court, by the Commissioner, and recommended by the practising lawyer, to determine (Read more…)
Were average citizens given to much political reflection, they would realize that from start to finish, the ‘Fair’ Elections Act has been almost exclusively about both discouraging people from voting and suppressing the vote of those who do not fit the Conservative Party’s target ‘audience.’ Even in light of yesterday’s announced amendments, that remains the case.
While the Act has provoked a flurry of steady, relentless, critical coverage, both in mainstream and social media, to view yesterday’s ostensible retreat as a real victory is to misread the situation badly. Two aspects of the bill will, I think, (Read more…)
He has always been more of an American style politician than a Canadian one.The closest thing to Richard Nixon and his dirty trick Republicans this country has ever seen.He brought their disgusting attack ads to Canada.And his foul Unfair Elections Act is right out of the Republican playbook.Read more »
I thought we were making good progress in our struggle to try to force the Cons to change or kill their foul so-called Fair Elections Act.But it turns out I may have been a bit too optimistic. For while we have made progress, it seems far too many Canadians are still too ignorant or too complacent. Read more »
The category? That’s yet to be determined. Any suggestions?
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He's the most Republican looking MP I've ever seen.A ghastly little fanatic who could just have easily have been suckled by Karl Rove as he was suckled by Stephen Harper.And of course his foul voter suppression bill is straight out of the Republican play book, or the anus of Amerika.But what Pierre Poilievre doesn't seem to have considered is that the bill could blow up in his face. Or that the Cons could win the battle but lose the war. Read more »
I’m going to spend much of the day trying to finish off the bulk of my flooring project, so I shall merely offer some reading recommendations for your consideration:
In his Star column today, Tim Harper discusses the taint that will reside over every federal election henceforth if the ‘Fair’ Elections Act becomes law without significant amendments. He also discusses why former auditor-general Sheila Fraser’s condemnation of the act is so significant.
“Elections are the base of our democracy and if we do not have truly a fair electoral process and one that can be managed well by (Read more…)
OMG. Somebody please throw in the towel. This fight has gotta end before I start feeling almost sorry for Pierre Poilievre.Because the way that palooka and his foul Unfair Elections Act are getting pounded in the ring of public opinion is almost too brutal.So many Chief Electoral Officers, law professors, election experts, and outraged Canadians want to take a shot at him and his bill, you gotta take a number eh? And today it was the Election Commissioner Yves Côté's turn to pound him some more. And make him look like a absolute idiot. Read more »
H/t Canadians Rallying To Unseat Stephen Harper
To hear Pierre Poilievre speak, one might think that any Canadian who claims that the ‘Fair’ Elections Act could very well disenfranchise up to 500,000 Canadians in the next election is intellectually challenged. The ubiquitous Harper weasel, both in the House and on television, assures us that all the experts, both domestically and internationally, are dead wrong in all of their criticisms, since the bill will allow 39 pieces of I.D.* to be used at the ballot box, thus rendering vouching and voter information cards quite redundant.
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As more incidents of voter suppression in Quebec come to the surface, the picture starts to become a little more clear. Yesterday, we learned about a Green Party candidate who has been denied registration as a voter.
The issue comes down to the interpretation of "domiciled": The debate over who can and can’t vote in Quebec stems from different interpretations of the domicile rule, which requires all electors to have been domiciled in Quebec for six months.
Stéphane Beaulac, a professor in the faculty of law at the Université de Montréal, explains the domicile rule is based on intention.
“The difference (Read more…)
The one good thing about the foul Fair Elections Act is the way it has transformed Pierre Poilievre into a parliamentary punching bag.Because it seems that every day somebody is taking a shot at him and his bill.And today it was the election expert Harry Neufeld's turn to tell Poilievre to amend the bill or KILL IT. Read more »
As a supplement to Montreal Simon’s post yesterday on Jean Pierre Kingsley’s appearance before the committee hearings on the ‘Fair’ Elections Act, you might want to spare two minutes to watch this report from The National on his concerns:
As well, here is a report that shows growing public awareness and discontent about the Tories’ voter suppression efforts:
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I've always had a lot of respect for Jean-Pierre Kingsley, the former Chief Electoral Officer. So when I saw that he had given the Fair Elections Act an A- I practically collapsed.Shocked by the thought that a man like him could give such a generous grade to such a foul bill. And disgusted by the sight of Pierre Poilievre, using Kingsley's remarks to put lipstick on his pig of a bill.And celebrating like only he could…Read more »
Michael Harris: The Big 10
A must read for all who fear for our democracy, Michael Harris has done all Canadians a favour by spelling out ten questions he wants answered, along with some supporting facts that are background to each question he has posed. The inaction or lack of response by those whose job it is guard our democracy from voter suppression beggars belief. I trust that the three opposition parties will raise his article in iPolitics and his 10 questions during Question Period. And that they will demand that someone from Elections Canada appear to explain what is (Read more…)
Golly. When Parliament returns today I bet Pierre Poilievre is going to wish he was on the run somewhere in Europe like his ghastly leader, the feathered warrior Chicken Harper.For it must be said that if his so-called Fair Elections Act was a chicken, they'd be getting to serve it, on a plate, with mashed potatoes and gravy.Because it's so bad, and Poilievre's attempts to defend it have been so pathetic, that now even the Globe and Mail is calling for it to be KILLED.Read more »
It should be obvious by now that the key to winning the next election is getting out the vote.For why else would Stephen Harper and his Con regime be going to such desperate lengths to suppress it?And there isn't a group that needs to be encouraged more to vote than young Canadians.Not just because, as a new study by the pollster Nik Nanos suggests, they can make a huge difference. Read more »
Oh dear. I can't help feeling that Pierre Poilievre is starting to regret that Big Daddy made him the Minister of Democratic Reform.And is probably wishing he could have another job PLEASE PRETTY PLEASE !!!!!!Because first the Chief Electoral Officer shredded his arguments in an appearance before a House committee.Then the author of a report on the last election made a complete fool out of him for misrepresenting his report. Read more »
One of the most despicable things about Stephen Harper's foul voter suppression bill, is the way it would prevent the Chief Electoral Officer from educating young Canadians about our democracy. And encouraging them to vote. So am glad to see that the NDP is defending Elections Canada's youth outreach programs.
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You'd think Stephen Harper would know better than to visit Ukraine a few days after Crimea votes to separate, as it almost certainly will on Sunday.And the last thing the world needs is some foreign leader inflaming what will almost certainly be a dangerous situation.But no, he's going.Read more »
Uh oh. I see Pierre Poilievre's war on the Chief Electoral Officer Marc Mayrand has suffered another humiliating setback.And his career is deflating faster than even I had predicted.Yesterday, his office dug up a YouTube video to try to show why the Cons must muzzle Mayrand.Suggesting that the ad he aired to encourage young people to vote, was biased against Big Oil…
Only to have Elections Canada reveal today that the video never aired.Read more »
Oh. My. Zombie. I see that Pierre Poilievre is on the run again.And this time he's not just running from his foul voter suppression monster, which is threatening to swallow engulf him.He's running from the NDP !!!! Read more »
Uh oh. It looks as if Pierre Poilievre's demagogic defence of the foul Fair Elections Act, also known as the Voter Suppression Bill, is going down in flames.Because now that sinister Con fanatic is batting ZERO for FOUR.Read more »
It couldn't have been a more revolting spectacle. Canada's Chief Electoral Officer Marc Mayrand called to testify before a House of Commons committee.To talk about the foul voter suppression bill known as the Fair Elections Act, and the Harper regime's attempts to muzzle him.Only to have the Cons try to muzzle him again, by breaking a deal they had with the opposition, and scheduling a vote in the Commons, just as Mayrand was preparing to address the committee.Which had even the MSM gasping in disbelief.Read more »
For some reason I've always assumed that the Cons were rushing their foul voter suppression bill through Parliament, so they could try to steal the next election like they tried to steal the last one.For why else would they be in such a hurry? Why else would they even ignore the critical comments of the Con Godfather Preston Manning?But now Lawrence Martin has reminded me of another possible reason. They're trying to cover their asses from the fallout of the robocall scandal. Read more »