The Tories need to overhaul Canada's election law. We need to enumerate voters.
We need to eliminate electoral welfare and rewrite the patchwork of laws on electoral financing. It is common knowledge that the laws are unclear and they have been randomly interpreted by elections Canada. The antiquated laws about reporting results should be modernized. We probably need to have all polls open and close at the same time.
I do not support online voting, but mail in ballots seem reasonable. It seems that many procedures need to be simplified and the bloated bureaucracy needs to be reduced.
There’s one more name we can add to the long list of losers after last Monday’s federal vote — Elections Canada, the arms-length agency that ran it.
And for the new Conservative majority government, it will likely not be a moment too soon.
Elections Canada has been a thorn in the government’s side for years for accusing the Tories of campaign financing abuses, the so-called “in-and-out” scandal, back in 2006.
Reforms likely will be seen as pure revenge, but Elections Canada seems in need of improvement from one end to the other.
There’s that pesky 1938 law that forbids Canadians from communicating election results from one part of the country to another where the polls have not closed.
Back in 2000, Elections Canada pursued Vancouver blogger Paul Bryan for putting early results onto the Internet and fined him $1,000.
Ever since, it’s resisted coming to terms with the new reality of Twitter and Facebook. This year, experts counted more than 2,000 tweets transmitting voting news across the country as polls closed in the east while voting continued out west. But it would be silly to prosecute them all and besides, Elections Canada can’t do anything without a complaint.
And that’s only one of many archaic laws cluttering up Canadian elections. Since the Tories have shown interest in reforming other antiquated telecommunication laws, Elections Canada can expect a major shakeout in the immediate future.