Friday, November 25, 2016
Pierre Poilievre and the Death of the Unfair Elections Act
In all the nightmare years of Harperland, it was one of the foulest bills the Con regime ever rammed through parliament.
Pierre Poilievre's Orwellian named Fair Elections Act, which he claimed would strengthen democracy.
But was in fact a blatant attempt to strangle it by suppressing the vote.
So I'm glad to see that ghastly law is about to join Poilievre in the garbage can of history.
As the Trudeau government prepares to bury it.
The Liberal government has introduced legislation that makes changes to Canada’s voting system and replaces some of the controversial elements in the former Conservative government’s law.
And while I couldn't be happier to see another big nail hammered into the coffin of the Con regime, and Stephen Harper's foul legacy...
Because the Unfair Elections Act was almost certainly his idea, and Poilievre was only his demon baby.
And while I'm especially pleased by this:
The Liberal government is also staking new ground with a promise to preregister teenagers to encourage them to vote when they turn 18 and expand the rights of expatriates abroad.
Other changes in the bill include: expanding the chief electoral officer’s mandate to include broad public education campaigns; creating a national register of electors to preregister youth aged 14 to 17.
For although that foul law attempted to disenfranchise some seniors, aboriginals, and poor people, its main target was young Canadians...
I only hope that people in this country never forget what Poilievre and his shameless Cons tried to do.
Never forget how Harper's demon baby, or monstrous dickhead, carried on in the House of Commons. How he mocked the opposition, tried to defend the indefensible, and lied like a thief, over and over again...
How he claimed that he had consulted the Chief Electoral Officer when he hadn't. How he muzzled him and prevented him from encouraging young people to vote.
Never forget how he tried to poison our democracy...
Or for that matter, never forget how the Con MP Brad Butt tried to support Poilievre, by claiming that he had personally witnessed voter fraud.
Only to be forced to eat his words...
And end up looking like a Con clown...
As did Pierre Poilievre, whose attempts to suppress the vote only made Canadians even more determined to defeat the Con regime.
And helped motivate them to turn out in large numbers to drive them from power, and cause Cons like Brad Butt to lose his seat.
And the other good news?
This sorry episode in Canadian history has all but destroyed Poilievre's political career.
These days one hardly hears from him. He's no longer a big player in the Commons. He no longer swaggers around mocking the opposition. Even the legislation to kill his bill elicited no reaction from him, not even a single solitary tweet.
Once he was Stephen Harper's favourite and a rising star in the Con universe.
And then suddenly he wasn't...
And for that we should all be grateful.
The Unfair Elections Act ended up in the garbage can of history.
So did Pierre Poilievre.
And so did Stephen Harper...
Time moves on, history and the truth get recycled.
But crimes against democracy should never be forgotten...