Monday, May 09, 2011

Elections Canada

 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.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Rather than focus on the silly media blackout laws I would suggest that any change should focus on protecting the rights of Canadians to vote accurately in the sense that only those who have a right to can vote. Second that the sanctity of our vote be respected. That means secret ballots and only public sanctioned polling which would exclude special polls of convenience. Finally, we need to end any law that attempts to control who pays or supports any political party so long as the support is Canadian.
So what if a Union supports the ndp? As long as the members agree Unions should be free to give support to anyone. The same goes for corporate donation and support.
Finally, The senior management of elections Canada should be forced from office. Their partisan biased approach to their role must have a consequence.
Mel Wilde

Anonymous said...

So what if a Union supports the ndp? As long as the members agree Unions should be free to give support to anyone.

Nooo! Here is the reason why:

http://cnews.canoe.ca/CNEWS/Canada/2011/04/06/pf-17902026.html

Al said...

"The antiquated laws about reporting results should be modernized. We probably need to have all polls open and close at the same time."

When polls open and close would not matter if the counting all took place at the same time across Canada which would be after the last poll closed. It would only mean a short wait for those on the east coast but would make for better poll times across Canada.

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