Friday, March 07, 2014
Harper's 'Fair' Elections Act
Has Harper gone crazy? Does he care about democracy? He seems more and more a dictator. Harper's Conservatives even shortened debate in the House of Commons over this bill.
The Chief Electoral Officer was not involved in the drafting process, he only saw it after the media did. Usually, for a bill of this nature, the Chief Electoral Officer would be involved. This bill limits the ability of the Chief Electoral Officer to communicate with the public, he stated that he is barred from talking about democracy.
It was quite something watching Harper's Minister of State for Undemocratic Reform, Pierre Poilievre, spin this in the above video. British Columbia's former Chief Electoral Officer has expressed concerns about central polling supervisors being appointed by the incumbent candidate or their party, something that increases the potential for abuse. He stated that this was "completely inappropriate in a democracy." These are nonpartisan voices - experts in electoral law and process - being ignored.
Do the CONS have any sense of decency or respect for the democratic process? You can read more on the Unfair Elections Act here. Recommend this post