Monday, April 07, 2014
Why Pierre Poilievre's Election Bill Could Help Kill the Cons
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.
I’m not sure whether Pierre Poilievre dreams of becoming a Republican when he grows up, but the Minister of State for Democratic Reform and his boss, Prime Minister Stephen Harper, should consider the mistakes of their U.S. brethren before ramming their flawed elections bill through Parliament.
From its patronizing title to its self-serving provisions, Mr. Poilievre’s Fair Elections Act is a Conservative version of the kind of bills Republican state legislatures have tried to pass, in some cases successfully, as a seawall against the demographic tsunami threatening their party.
Because although the bill is so Republican it might as well be whistling Dixie.
When those scummy tea baggers tried to suppress the vote in the 2012 election, it backfired badly:
The result was a colossal backlash that cost GOP nominee Mitt Romney the White House. Court injunctions prevented many of the state laws from taking effect before the election. And indignation toward Republicans seeking to disenfranchise them drove African-Americans to the polls in record numbers. Even blacks ambivalent toward President Barack Obama lined up for hours to spite the Republicans. For the first time, black turnout surpassed white turnout.
And trying the same thing here could also cost the Cons the next election.
A rabid partisan such as Mr. Poilievre may think his bill is “terrific.” But unless he radically amends C-23 – to reinstate vouching, allow for neutral poll clerks and empower regulators – the Tories will not soon live this down. They may even pay the ultimate price in 2015.
Because when you tell people they can't vote many might not take that too well. And it could spark a voter surge.
With young people, the homeless and First Nations voters at the low end of the turn-out numbers, the Harper government's crude effort to suppress their votes even more can and should be used to galvanize the vote from those communities.
While many in those communities have found little reason to go to the polls given the slim likelihood of any change in their lives, no one likes to be told what they can and can't do -- especially when it comes to rights. For the people targeted by Harper for disenfranchisement, the 2015 election could be purely about democracy itself.
And if people who don't normally vote, cast their votes for our side in record numbers, we WILL win the next election.
And make Poilievre look like an IDIOT.
But of course you knew that eh?
I don't think I could have made that clearer...
Pierre Poilievre's ghastly bill is an attempt to murder our democracy.
But he could be its first victim.
And it could help destroy them ALL...
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