Monday, March 24, 2014
Pierre Poilievre and the Bill That Must Be Killed
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 ready 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.
How bad is the legislation? As a group of academics put it in an open letter released last week, if this bill becomes law it will, “undermine the integrity of the Canadian electoral process, diminish the effectiveness of Elections Canada, reduce voting rights, expand the role of money in politics and foster partisan bias in election administration.” Unfortunately, that’s an accurate summary.
For so many good reasons.
There was no massive voter fraud.
The government has touted the bill’s changes to voting rules as needed to prevent voter fraud. That’s a red herring. There is no evidence that vouching, a process the bill eliminates, led to widespread fraud.
Except for the Con conspiracy to try to steal the last election.
No matter what the Con clown Brad Butt said he personally witnessed, until he admitted he was LYING.
And no matter what Poilievre said, until he was caught in the act trying to twist the truth.
The government has resorted to defending itself with out of context citations from experts, whose conclusions are the opposite of what the government pretends. Tightening the rules will prevent many eligible Canadians from voting; those affected are mostly not Conservative voters.
For crass political reasons.
And despite losing half his feathers in his desperate attempt to defend the indefensible, Polly could STILL not answer any of these burning questions:
Other changes create a giant, partisan loophole in campaign spending laws, to the advantage of the Conservatives. Why? The bill gives incumbent parties in each riding the power to name key election officials, instead of leaving the job to an impartial Elections Canada. Why? Bill C-23 also takes direct aim at Elections Canada in other ways – neutering its ability to conduct public outreach campaigns and encourage voting. Why? It also meddles with Elections Canada’s ability to investigate wrongdoing or communicate the results of investigations. Why?
Which no doubt the opposition will be grilling him with in Question Period today.
When they're not asking him what he's trying to HIDE.
What is in the transition document Pierre Poilievre was given upon taking over the federal government’s Democratic Reform portfolio – and why is the government dead set on keeping it secret? After nearly six months of evasions, and under threat of a reprimand from the information commissioner, the feds have finally agreed to share the binder’s contents – in 2033. It’s enough to make one very curious.
Or why as the Minister for Democratic Reform he would act in such an undemocratic manner.
Two decades from now, if not before, Poilievre’s transition document will be revealed and a little more light will be shed on the Harper government’s brazenly undemocratic approach to democratic reform. Let’s hope, looking back from there, the glaring irony of that approach will strike us as more darkly comic than tragic.
Leaving us to wonder what the verdict of history, or the courts will be, after him and the whole Con mob are driven from office in disgrace and/or handcuffs.
Because when you try to steal an election or corrupt a democracy there can be no penalty great enough.
Golly, can you imagine how the Cons must be feeling, with the heat of yet another sordid scandal to roast them in the glare of even MORE bad publicity?
Are they running around like chickens with their heads cut off, like their Great Leader is in Europe?
Or are they just simmering in their juices?
And going round and round and round...
Mmmm....Yummy. I LOVE this scandal.
It won't be long before we'll be able to serve them on a plate. Or with a warrant and an eviction notice.
If you'd like to help roast them please place your order here.
And how is Pierre Poilievre doing?
Oh not so good eh?
He set out to screw our democracy.
And ended up impaled on his own petard...
Couldn't happen to a worse government.
Couldn't happen to a nastier Con...
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