Tuesday, March 08, 2011

Over reaching biased elections Canada

A lawyer friend sent along this:

Conclusion


Despite the Conservative’s negative reputation for challenging federal watchdogs, I think this is one case where the challenge is warranted. Although the scheme in question looks to have been a boundary-pushing tactic, and despite the fact careful regulation of campaign finance is an vital tenant of our democracy, it is imperative that the CEOC exercises only those powers conferred to it by statute. In this case, the appropriate course of action (as established in the Canada Elections Act) was to refer the matter to the Commissioner, and not to have the CEOC engage in its own discretionary review. The Parliament of Canada has set up a detailed system to investigate issues of this very nature, and political parties should only face scrutiny via the appropriate procedures. The Conservatives have stated they intend to appeal to the Supreme Court. Regardless of your opinion, we can all agree that this is a fairly contentious and important matter that is in fact broader than a coming election or even campaign finance. There is a clear benefit from a decisive SCC decision, one way or another, and my hope is that we will see one on this case.

The court of appeals got it wrong. This should and will be appealed to the Supreme Court.

And this from John Robson on marc mayrand's obvious liberal bias:

John Robson • The case of the disappearing scandal

Remember how the old Perry Mason TV program would end with his brilliant interrogation trapping the guilty party into sobbing out a confession? It's very much unlike watching a parliamentary committee in action. I liked Raymond Burr's show better.

BY THE OTTAWA CITIZEN JULY 18, 2008


Remember how the old Perry Mason TV program would end with his brilliant interrogation trapping the guilty party into sobbing out a confession? It's very much unlike watching a parliamentary committee in action. I liked Raymond Burr's show better.

As a rule, MPs on committees seem to have very hazy goals in questioning witnesses and no coherent strategy for reaching them. But things were far worse at this week's special meeting of the Access to Information, Privacy and Ethics Committee, apparently summoned for the sole purpose of generating silly-season headlines about Tory sleaze based on a supposed election financing scandal. First, opposition members wasted their time trying to get Canada's Chief Electoral Officer, Marc Mayrand, to slam the Tories in ways he had explicitly said at the outset he would not do, because he could not comment on anything currently before the courts or under investigation by the Commissioner of Elections Canada.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

The coalition parties have sunk even lower. They are now using the HOC on CPAC to smear the Conservative party on the in & out issue, that is still before the courts. They are free wheeling , under the protection of the house.
What an outrage.Liberal judge and jury hang men.

Sean M said...

While EC has displayed an obvious and dangerous bias in the application of the rules, and the Liberals are behaving like the criminal organization that they are, throwing their feces around the House, I believe the worst offender in these smear campaigns is the media. Liberals are corrupt and the culture of corruption that the Liberals have infested the HOC with has clearly reached inside the offices of EC, but what is the excuse of the media who duti-fully parrot the Liberal narrative, without any objectivity, balance or any semblance of fairness. The media have lost any credibility they might once have had for the sake of political expediency and Liberal deceit. The Liberal culture of corruption is not only evident within the offices of EC it has also infected the media. The Liberal culture of corruption is a disease that destroys everything and everyone who it comes in contact with.

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