Somebodys’ Picking On Us!

Pierre Poilievre, an Ottawa Tory MP and parliamentary secretary for the treasury board, has suggested that Chief Electoral Officer Marc Mayrand and staffers at Elections Canada sent emails around to each other that Poilevre says is evidence the two (elections canada)were happy the Conservatives were getting negative media coverage over the matter of illegal electoral finance practices. The emails demonstrate . . . Elections Canada was totally preoccupied with causing negative news coverage for a political party,” Poilievre said.
Well, they deserve what they got…and besides, we are talking about tax dollars that are being handed over to political parties in the form of subsidy…and Canadians have a right to know they have not been ripped off by their government….which is who we are talking about.
Another MP(CONServative) then went on to make the suggestion that who knows if Elections Canada shared the CONservatives electoral plans with the Liberal party. MP David Tilson claims that their electoral strategy was a portion of what was seized during raids on the CONServative party headquarters a few months past.
The real issue is that the last election was decided by razor thin votes in approximately 50 ridings. The additional $1.2 million that was spent on a national advertising campaign in violation of spending limits may have been enough money to assist the CONServatives into propelling themsleves into first place.
The program of subsidizing political parties should come to an end. There should be no thresholds, and no payments made. Only a few political parties are eligible for funding, while others have fought for the same treatment under the law but have never gained it. Canadas electoral finance laws should be overhauled to accomodate all parties financially, or none at all.


  1. Anonymous
    Posted July 16, 2008 at 11:09 am | Permalink

    “Well, they deserve what they got.”

    That’s hardly the point. If there is evidence that Elections Canada is partisan then people should be fired. Elections Canada MUST be non-partisan. What’s the point of having elections if Elections Canada is a division of the Liberal Party?

  2. Anonymous
    Posted July 16, 2008 at 11:15 am | Permalink

    They are non-partisan.
    When the liberals were under attack by the same office…the conservatives seemed to think they were non-partisan then…what has changed? Harper appointed the commissioner himself.
    The CPC screwed up.

  3. Anonymous
    Posted July 16, 2008 at 11:23 am | Permalink

    Mayrand will be sacked.

  4. Anonymous
    Posted July 16, 2008 at 12:12 pm | Permalink

    “What has changed?”

    What has changed is the obvious pleasure Elections Canada is displaying at the CPC’s misfortunes. I don’t recall them giggling and sending emails back and forth when they were investigating the Liberals.

  5. Anonymous
    Posted July 16, 2008 at 1:26 pm | Permalink

    Not a very non-partisan agency when the government of the day has full access to emails and office materials of the elections office. That is somewhat frightening.

  6. Anonymous
    Posted July 17, 2008 at 11:21 am | Permalink

    Yesterday brought some of the worse attacks against this institution that have ever been experienced. Government MP’s riddled the opposition majority with accusations of improper questioning and were extremely riled when the commissioner refused to answer questions citing his priority is to the legal case that is taking place in the Ottawa courts.
    $1.2 million gave the croooks a government they did not rightfully earn.

  7. Anonymous
    Posted July 19, 2008 at 10:57 pm | Permalink

    “when the commissioner refused to answer questions citing his priority is to the legal case”

    In other words he refused to answer questions in order to avoid incriminating himself or perjuring himself.

    I think this ethics committee should be given a new task. They should be charged with trying to find someone with ethics that’s serving on the committee. That should keep them busy for years.

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