the regina mom again steps away from poetry-writing and into political writing because she thinks it’s that damned important! And who knows? She might get a poem out of it, too, one day.
trm sees more and more rightwing, American-style politics crossing our border and the unFair Elections Act is certainly one of these instances. Brent Patterson at the Council of Canadians has more on that, particularly the bit about fraud at the polls being virtually non-existent. Yet, the HarperCons address it as though it’s a real problem. Lead Now has a petition addressing that.
Alison@Creekside riffs and expands upon the Andrew Coyne article, What problems are the Conservatives really trying to solve with bizarre Fair Elections Act?, from which trm cited yesterday. The problems Alison@Creekside thinks the Cons identified are these:
- Investigation into election fraud in 2011 Election 33 months ago being rushed along at dangerous breakneck speeds.
- Public trust in fair elections in Canada at all time high.
- Serially violate election law successfully but then lose court battles to election watchdog.
- Too many people vote – 61% in the last federal election – especially aboriginals, young people, old people, and poor people.
- Parties not spending enough time and money on elections.
trm loves the analysis and hopes you read Alison’s take on how the Act provides solutions to these so-called problems. Michael Harris lends credence to Alison’s arguments with a doozer of an article at iPolitics!
How odd that the very people who were called “serial cheaters” this week by Opposition Leader Thomas Mulcair are now rewriting the mandate of the office that runs elections and vouches for their integrity. The people who were the problem are providing the solution, which in normal language is called being judge in your own cause. A dubious principle in law and politics.
If you haven’t listened to the interview with Marc Mayrand, Canada’s Chief Electoral Officer, on CBC Radio One’s, The House, you want to. Also take a look at DAMMIT JANET! for a list of links to excellent pieces by Stephen Maher and Chantal Hebert, for starters, as well as to a commentary by Don Martin. His point that ramming a bill on democratic reform through Parliament is not very democratic is well taken by trm. Also of interest at DJ are tweets which fairly summarize the issue.
Another angle on this Act has to do with its constitutionality which is to say it may violate the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms in that it stand[s] between Canadian citizens and our right to vote. Have a look at that, too.
So take a moment today to Call a Con! Support Maude Barlow and the Council of Canadians’ Hold the phone action to stop Harper’s new Elections Act!