Monday, March 03, 2014
Will the Voter Suppression Act Help Bring Down Stephen Harper?
If Stephen Harper thought he could get away with his foul assault on democracy, by ramming his so-called Fair Elections Act through Parliament, after this weekend he must be having second thoughts.
Because first he got spanked by the Godfather of the Conservative movement, Preston Manning, for trying to muzzle the chief electoral officer.
And now a former chief electoral officer has pointed out yet another flaw in that anti-democratic bill.
Harry Neufeld, who wrote a report on problems in the last federal election, is warning of the potential for more abuse at polling stations if one part of the government's proposed fair elections act goes ahead.
He says Section 44 of the government’s new legislation would allow all central polling supervisors to be appointed by a riding's incumbent candidate or the candidate's party.
"It’s completely inappropriate in a democracy," said Neufeld.
One that would make it easier to commit electoral fraud.
Even though the Cons tried to steal the last election.
And even as the Cons place the investigative arm of Elections Canada under their control.
Deny the request of the chief electoral officer for more powers to compel suspects to testify.
And are now trying to suppress the vote of those who would vote against them.
And going after the very future of our democracy...
It's almost unbelievable, the greatest assault on our democratic system this country has ever seen. And for that alone the Cons should be removed from office, or JAILED.
But the good news is it looks as if their foul plan is backfiring.
Because polls already show that more than sixty percent of Canadians don't trust the Con's election bill. These latest revelations will only fuel that distrust.
As Thomas Walkom pointed out the other day, Stephen Harper is playing with fire.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper is keen to ensure a legitimate, democratic order in Ukraine. But his government is curiously casual about ramming through changes to Canada’s election act that this country’s opposition parties claim are illegitimate.
People often accept governments they didn’t vote for. But they do so only if they view the process as legitimate. Allowing the election law itself to become a partisan issue is playing with fire. Ukraine provides an extreme example of what can happen when a government loses legitimacy.
Brad Butt has already incinerated whatever was left of the Con regime's credibility...
And of course the return of Ol' Duff can only burn him further...
Embattled Sen. Mike Duffy vowed that if he ever faced trial over his questionable expense claims, he would bring down high-ranking members of the Conservative party, according to a new book.
“Duffy seemed determined that, if he were to go down, he would have company, telling friends that, if charged, people high up in the Conservative Party would be called to testify to what they knew,” Leger writes in the book.
By reminding Canadians that they can't trust that corrupt scandal ridden Con regime as far as they can SPIT.
It's all a perfect storm, it couldn't come at a better time. Just as the Cons are desperately trying to repair their image.
And when everyone from Preston Manning to Rick Mercer is going after them...
You KNOW they're in trouble.
And wouldn't it be ironic eh?
If the bill they were counting on to win the next election, or steal it.
Turns out to be the straw that breaks the back of the Con regime.
And the one that finally destroys him...
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