Today’s announcement gave absolutely no details about how the government is proposing to fix the failure to adequately consult with Indigenous peoples, a significant conclusion of the Federal Court of Appeals case.
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A significant poll of nearly 3,000 people has been released today, revealing very encouraging findings on the public’s views about several forms of electoral reform. The survey by Abacus Data, commissioned by the Broadbent Institute, also assesses what the results of the 2015 federal election would have looked like if voting had taken place using ranked/preferential ballots or proportional representation (PR).
The new Liberal government is considering options for replacing First Past the Post elections – also known as Single Member Plurality (SMP) – with a new voting system.
Abacus Data notes in its assessment of the results:
UPDATE: Through VoteWatch we have received five new reports of pre-marked ballots, in addition to those originally listed here, bringing the total number of ridings reporting pre-marked ballots to 16. The five new reports have been added to the list below. To our knowledge, the voters who have made these reports have not indicated being unable to vote for the candidate of their choice as a result of these issues - several have mentioned they requested and received replacement ballots. Thus far, half of the reports have originated in British Columbia.
These social media fails are just symptoms of a much deeper problem – a listless and desperate campaign run by a governing party past its best before date. And, as with any malady, you can't just treat the symptoms to cure it. Prescription? It’s time for change.
The outcome of Election 2015 is far from certain. Significant shifts like those that happened in BC, Alberta, and federally took place in the final days of those elections. If and/or when Harper loses it will be - at least in part - because movements showed him the door. And I mean that literally.
THREE WILD CARDS THIS ELECTION
Firstly, the legalization of voter suppression by the Unfair Elections Act is a major wild card that, as far as I can tell, hasn’t been factored into the various seat projections being made. Voter suppression could prevent tens of thousands of people from voting – both through the Unfair Elections Act and other as yet unforeseen dirty tricks. Those disproportionately targeted by the Unfair Elections Act tend to vote for parties other than the Conservatives, including students, people with disabilities, Indigenous people, and the homeless.
Stephen Harper has claimed he won’t use procedural tricks to stay in power after Election Day if the Conservatives fall short of any of the other parties by even one seat. Here's the problem: arguing that “the party that wins the most seats in our system forms the government” is itself a procedural trick. Why? Because it’s not true.
Let’s be clear: Harper is misleading Canadians about how Parliament works and he’s likely doing it to cling to power in the event the Conservatives don’t win a majority of seats in October.
Three weeks into the 42nd federal election. At least 10 social media fails. It's not yet clear whether the Conservatives can keep up this blistering pace, but if they do we can expect at least 29 more #fails between now and Election Day. And no doubt, they will be spectacular.
As I stood on the beach and looked out across Vancouver’s English Bay it was an otherwise beautiful view punctuated by a dozen tankers with bright lights polluting the darkening sky. It was the night before the first of 10 democracy town halls the Council of Canadians was about to hold from coast to coast from April 30 to June 24, in partnership with CUPE, Unifor, PSAC, and the Directors Guild of Canada.
The shadows had grown too long as the sun set to see the residue from the oil spill there three weeks earlier. Yet the risks of tar sands expansion and increased tanker traffic coupled with the real costs of cuts to the local coast guard remained all too clear.
In Vancouver, austerity means an oil-soaked coastline, leaving the general public to clean up the mess of nine years of government cuts. This spill is one of a long list of warning signs that highlight why this government is past its best before date. And it’s one of a long list of reasons why people across the country are increasingly saying it’s time for change.
It may seem like the fight to stop Bill C-51 has run its course since it recently passed in the House of Commons, but it's not a done deal yet.
Yesterday was a busy day in the fight to defend democracy. We held a press conference in Ottawa with the Canadian Federation of Students to announce that we’ve filed over 2,000 pages of powerful evidence with the Ontario Superior Court demonstrating the dangerous effects of the Fair Elections Act on Canadian democracy.