Saturday, April 26, 2014

Fair Elections "protests" are nothing but astroturf

Newstalk 1010 and the Canadian Press are reporting that "demonstrations" are being held in cities across Canada to protest the Fair Elections Act.  Since apparently "a few dozen people" protesting the Fair Elections Act passes for news these days, I thought I'd do a little digging (read: 30 seconds of using Google).

They report that Anna Goldfinch is the organizer of the Toronto "protest."  They also quote "protester Andrew Porter," who complains that the Fair Elections Act would limit Elections Canada's outreach work.

After 30 seconds of Googling, I was able to figure out that Anna Goldfinch is an executive member of the Canadian Federation of Students, the profoundly left-wing lobby group for the NDP.  And that "protester Andrew Porter" appears to be Liberal Party of Canada donor, according to Elections Canada's contributions database.

I have asked Newstalk 1010 and the Canadian Press to update their story to state that this "protest" of a few dozen people is really nothing more than a few NDP and Liberal supporters gathering to oppose the Fair Elections Act.  This isn't a grassroots protest, it's astroturf.

Update: CBC News is also covering the same story.  I have asked them the same question, since they're quoting Goldfinch and Porter, as well as a "John Allen West," all of whom attended the Toronto "protest."

Could that be this John West, the Liberal Party of Canada donor from North York?