Canada has a world-wide respected, non-partisan elections institution called Elections Canada. Since 2006 the Conservatives have been abusing it criminally, accusing it of partisanship over the In and Out tax scheme their senator Finley and others are facing charges now over, and right up to this week when one of their campaign workers tried to intimidate voters, and personally shut down a special poll at the University of Guelph.
“It appears that the Guelph incident was an unauthorized advance poll done by rogue EC official. Further, campaigning was done at “poll””
It appears that Taylor doesn’t have evidence, and that’s why he used the word “appears”. His quotes around “poll” suggest this special poll didn’t have legitimacy, but his own party has a hotline set up for them apparently. The key issue is that the CPC is concerned about the day these students vote on, even though they are the sort of ballots that anyone can cast from anywhere using a mailbox essentially. Any further calls from the CPC for young people to vote, is pure baloney. Even if the poll didn’t follow all of the rules, is disenfranchising 700 student voters due to a supposed EC mistake, what the CPC wants? Of course! They know their support among youth is less than 20%, and if they can reduce the street-cred of Elections Canada at the same time, then BONUS for them.
The Conservative Party special ballot hotline can be reached at 1-866-737-6616. #elxn41
And the “campaigning” that we have evidence of right now, is a CPC thug showing up at a special poll to play police man, committing a crime by intimidating voters and attempting to take a ballot box out of the custody of EC officials. That’s been the CPC campaign message for years now -cheating at elections- so making a scene like that at a poll should certainly count as campaigning for the Conservatives, it’s totally on-message.
The CPC version of events doesn’t fly. Why not call the cops if they were legitimately concerned about election crime? They’re covering their butts now, throwing out allegations to see which will stick. It’s possible some might, but when you look at the reason they went head hunting, you can’t really respect their motivation.
Prepare to feel Canada’s wrath at the ballot box – the ones your party hasn’t yet tried to snatch by crook or by lawyer (not redundant?)!
RT @mchardie: EC: “All info at our disposal indicates that (UofG) votes were cast in manner that respects the Elections Act and are valid.”
ADDED: CPC is on the wrong side of democracy, no matter how this turns out.