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...
Because getting a respectable person to flatter his voter suppression scheme must have seemed like
But now I see that Jean-Pierre Kingsley seems to have changed his mind. And would like to make it clear that just because he gave it an A- doesn't mean the Unfair Elections Act isn't hideously flawed.
An elections expert who gave the Conservative government’s controversial Fair Elections Act an A- grade last month now believes the bill shouldn’t pass the Commons as is.
On February 4, the day the bill was tabled in the Commons, Kingsley told CBC’s Power and Politics that “overall, it looks like a good bill.” When CBC host Evan Solomon suggested Kingsley would mark it a B+, the former head of Elections Canada smiled and said: “An A- even!”
But on Tuesday, Kingsley told MPs he agrees with the current chief electoral officer, Marc Mayrand, who gave a scathing condemnation of the Fair Elections Act and warned that thousands of Canadians could be disenfranchised for no good reason if the bill were to pass.
Which as you can imagine has left Pierre Poilievre so deflated, he has stopped beating those cymbals and is now tweeting like a maniac.
Firing off tweets to try to confuse Canadians, like bombers used to drop chaff to try to confuse the gunners below.
But then he's desperate. The flak is getting heavier and heavier.
There was of course no massive voter fraud, except for the Con conspiracy to steal the last election. And the more his fellow Cons try to help him the more they all look like IDIOTS.
Like Laurie Hawn who just yesterday claimed he had personal knowledge of electoral fraud using voter cards.
Mr. Hawn told the Commons on Monday, the day prior to the expert testimony on the government’s controversial election legislation, Bill C-23, that during the 2006 federal election period he was “called personally and offered hundreds of voter cards that had been left in apartment buildings and so on.”
Only to spend today dodging reporters.
Mr. Hawn, approached later during a chance meeting outside a committee room, declined to elaborate about his concern, or take questions about the timing of his statement, so long after the election took place.
Informed that the voter information cards were not used as ID in 2006, Mr. Hawn replied: “There’s rules, and how it was used are two different things.”
And will no doubt soon be claiming he is as deaf as Brad Butt was blind....
But then it doesn't really matter what those Con clowns claim or do. When nothing can put lipstick on that foul Unfair Elections Act.
And more and more Canadians are saying enough is ENOUGH.
Like the ones who were out today all over the country letting the Cons know how they feel about their attempts to steal our democracy.
About 70 Greater Victoria residents stopped by Victoria MP Murray Rankin's office Tuesday to deliver a petition opposing the Conservative government's Fair Elections Act. Members from the Canadian Federation of Students, the Council of Canadians and LeadNow.ca collected more than 82,000 signatures – about 20,000 from B.C. – from people rejecting Bill C-23, which critics have dubbed the "Unfair Elections Act."
Similar Day of Action events took place Tuesday in Vancouver, Port Moody, Calgary, Toronto, Ottawa and Halifax.
And those protests will only get bigger and louder, because it's been a long time since an issue has moved so many Canadians.
Three federal party leaders and a reform-minded Conservative MP met with 500 students at the University of Ottawa Tuesday afternoon to talk about how to get more youth engaged in politics and democracy.
And with good reason eh?
The bill is a PIG.
It stinks to high heaven.
And we'll make sure Stephen Harper wears it.
Until the day he is defeated...
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