Canadians would be flabbergasted if we ever held an election with a turnout of only 0.1%. We’d be asking ‘what’s wrong with our system?’, ‘why aren’t more people coming out?’, ‘what are we doing wrong?’ and so forth. We’d also quickly declare that a government elected by so few people was certainly not representative of all people – that the other 99.9% did not vote for the body elected by that 0.1%.
The Liberals are desperately attempting to hold onto the one-time Liberal stronghold of Ottawa-Vanier against former Ontario Ombudsman Andre...
Sunday, October 16, 2011
Friday, October 14, 2011
A few weeks ago I wrote about Nikki Holland, the Ontario Liberal Party's (now former) Vice President and head of Political Operations, and her "jokes" about how she flagrantly broke the law by buying homeless people cigarettes in exchange for votes.
Holland admitted that she made those remarks (see original article noted above), but insisted that she was just "joking." And even Premier Dalton McGuinty said her comments were inappropriate. I don't know if they were jokes or not, but the fact that Holland would make such remarks in the first place warrants an investigation by Elections Ontario.
That's why I contacted Elections Ontario, and today I received this response:
To which I responded:
1.800.677.8683 Fax: 416.326.6201
Hello,Stay tuned for updates. If you're as concerned as I am about the Liberals' disregard for a legitimate elections process, contact Elections Ontario's Chief Electoral Officer and raise the same concerns as I have.
The comments were indeed reported upon in media coverage. While I did not personally hear Ms. Holland make those remarks, she has since acknowledged that she did make the remarks, but that they were just jokes. Even the Premier noted that her comments were inappropriate, and Ms. Holland resigned because of the controversy surrounding her comments.
The gravity of her statement is alarming. As an Ontario voter I'm concerned that a senior officer working for the political party currently forming the government would make such callous statements about illegally buying votes to win an election. They call into question the legitimate election of the Liberal Party, and that is why I believe Elections Ontario should investigate.
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In recent weeks we have seen growth of the “Occupy Wall Street” movement – a group of individuals apparently fed up with bankers, corporations, the government, and generally anyone who has more money than them. Their demands are, well, nobody seems to know, but they have had some high-profile celebrities and public figures come out in support of their movement – celebrities like Kanye West, who embodies the precise rich, successful American against whom they are protesting.
Saturday, October 8, 2011
Friday, October 7, 2011
“CBC gets $1.1 Billion of taxpayer funding a year and what do they show for it? A network that caters to a particular point of view and that competes with private broadcasters for advertising dollars and bids on popular television shows.
Furthermore, they have shown that they are unaccountable to oversight by the Information Commissioner in response to Access to Information requests.”
Saturday, October 1, 2011
In the final days of the Ontario election, it was revealed that a high-ranking Liberal gave cigarettes to homeless people in exchange for their votes. Nikki Holland, Liberal Vice President in charge of operations, was caught on tape saying
“I have done crazy things, like...and if anyone repeats this I’ll deny it (until) the cows come home...I have gone to a shelter in the riding of St. Paul’s with a carton of smokes and said, ‘I’ll give you them after you vote.” I have done that...but they were already smokers...”
But not to be outdone in absurdity, the Liberal spin team went to work, saying that she was "just joking" and that she was just repeating tactics that the NDP and Conservatives have used in the past.
Nice try! Holland cited a specific riding, a specific act, a specific time, and a specific action. What's more, who would preface a joke by saying they would deny that joke if ever asked?
This is clearly vote buying and not what Ontarians need or want. It smells of a desperate political party - the one currently forming government, no less - and questions need to be answered.
Elections Ontario should not wait to open an investigation. Ontario voters need to know immediately whether the Liberals are still using these illegal tactics in the current campaign. These are just a few of the questions that need to be asked:
- How many Liberals used this strategy to buy votes? In which ridings?
- How many votes were bought? In which ridings? (This is particularly important in close races - take Barrie, for example, which the Liberals won in 2007 by only three points.)
- Were the cigarettes bought by the Liberal Party, or paid for by Ontario taxpayers?
- How else are the Liberals buying votes?