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Tories want U of Guelph votes discounted

UPDATE: Elections Canada validates contested student ballots


 

The Conservative party is challenging the votes cast during a “vote mob” at the University of Guelph, saying they should be discarded because the voting session violated the Canada Elections Act. The party has requested that Elections Canada rule the polling station was illegal and that partisan election material was distributed during voting. Approximately 700 students cast their vote at a polling station on the main floor of U of G’s University Centre. Several students claim Michael Sona, the communications director for Guelph Conservative candidate Marty Burke, approached the polling station claiming the process was illegal, and at one point may have tried to remove the ballot box, although his presence at the station has not yet been confirmed.

UPDATE: Elections Canada has validated the contested “vote mob” and released this statement: “All information at our disposal indicates that the votes were cast in a manner that respects the Elections Canada Act and are valid.”

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Tories want U of Guelph votes discounted

  1. I hope this will encourage (and not discourage) students to vote.

  2. I hope this will encourage (and not discourage) students to vote.

  3. What! Stop the insanity of the 'Harper' govt! They'll continually do real illegal things themselves, but when they know they'll lose, legal things…like this voting…they want squashed. Let the students vote elsewhere if they get this repealed…is this a democracy or not! check out: http://www.michaelmoore.com/ and watch his video…it's happened/happening here as well!

  4. What! Stop the insanity of the 'Harper' govt! They'll continually do real illegal things themselves, but when they know they'll lose, legal things…like this voting…they want squashed. Let the students vote elsewhere if they get this repealed…is this a democracy or not! check out: http://www.michaelmoore.com/ and watch his video…it's happened/happening here as well!

    • Using MM in your quote builds not credibility, and allows people to rightly disregard all your comments.

  5. Well, yes…….we should let the students of Guelph University vote in that riding, Then, they can go home and vote again in their own riding.

    Democracy…….University style. It's DoublePlus Good!!!

    C'mon..clearly, the anti-Harper crowd is so outraged by Harper's actions…they feel they have the right to vote twice.

    Very Liberal of them.

  6. Well, yes…….we should let the students of Guelph University vote in that riding, Then, they can go home and vote again in their own riding.

    Democracy…….University style. It's DoublePlus Good!!!

    C'mon..clearly, the anti-Harper crowd is so outraged by Harper's actions…they feel they have the right to vote twice.

    Very Liberal of them.

    • Hey, they're just following that old political adage "vote early, vote often."

    • People can only vote once. This is common practice when one works seasonally or goes to school. You choose which riding to vote in, and you cannot vote twice.

    • Really? That's your best defence? As registered voters, they only get to vote once. That is strictly controlled by Elections Canada. If I vote in the riding where I live and go to school 8 months of the year, then I do not get to vote again in my 'home' riding. That is my right as a voter–to vote where I live for most of the year. Clearly, you never went to university, never got an education, because you completely fail to understand the position of a student who has to go to a school in a different city for 8 months of the year for at least 4 years. Although your lack of an university degree is already plainly evident, given the calibre of thought behind your comment.

    • . you only can vote once and in a single riding of your choice.if you live in more then one riding during a year

      • you can only vote one…LEGALLY.

        If you're a "Young Liberal" I'm sure you have already figured out a way to vote twice.

        • Well as it turns out they won't have too as Elections Canada has declared the vote valid.

          • are you sure? where was that posted?

        • Spoken like someone who would always do things the sleazy way first. You must me a member of Mr. Haprer's brand of neo-conservatism – lies, lies, obfuscation, dirty tricks, and an affinity for yes-men even if they have criminal records. Yes, you types are a lovely bunch of coconuts.

        • Quite the accusation offer without anything resembling proof.

          • what would a harper supporter know what to do with proof?

            besides hide it.

  7. We send observers to ensure that elections are democratic in "emerging democracies". Canadians deserve the same security. The Elections Act is vital to democracy.

    We have seen an eroding of voter security in Municipal elections. eg. "vote by mail" . Some of the problems: people received multiple ballots (my mother had three), and there was no way to ensure that voters were able to fill in their own ballots (whoever picked up the family's mail could submit them all).

    If the ballot box at Guelph was compromised, the Elections Act must be observed.

  8. We send observers to ensure that elections are democratic in "emerging democracies". Canadians deserve the same security. The Elections Act is vital to democracy.

    We have seen an eroding of voter security in Municipal elections. eg. "vote by mail" . Some of the problems: people received multiple ballots (my mother had three), and there was no way to ensure that voters were able to fill in their own ballots (whoever picked up the family's mail could submit them all).

    If the ballot box at Guelph was compromised, the Elections Act must be observed.

    • Then let Elections Canada do it's job! I for one commend them citizens for
      organising such a poll in order to make sure students who are currently in
      exam period get to express their voices in this crucial election!

      [Did I mention Harper must be stopped?]

  9. Hey, they're just following that old political adage "vote early, vote often."

  10. People can only vote once. This is common practice when one works seasonally or goes to school. You choose which riding to vote in, and you cannot vote twice.

  11. Really? That's your best defence? As registered voters, they only get to vote once. That is strictly controlled by Elections Canada. If I vote in the riding where I live and go to school 8 months of the year, then I do not get to vote again in my 'home' riding. That is my right as a voter–to vote where I live for most of the year. Clearly, you never went to university, never got an education, because you completely fail to understand the position of a student who has to go to a school in a different city for 8 months of the year for at least 4 years. Although your lack of an university degree is already plainly evident, given the calibre of thought behind your comment.

  12. This should mobilize the young voters across this country – the so called conservative party shows nothing but contempt for Canadians both young and old. If the young people all voted they would have strong political sway – Are you paying too much for your education? Are you concerned about your future? Flex your muscle, make your demands and speak with your feet – This current government is not the government that Canada needs going forward into the future – wages are stagnant, tax's are high, over priced goods and services, bloated courts, poor value on high priced services –Harper thinks Canadians are stupid, maybe they are. What happened to the conservative party?

  13. This should mobilize the young voters across this country – the so called conservative party shows nothing but contempt for Canadians both young and old. If the young people all voted they would have strong political sway – Are you paying too much for your education? Are you concerned about your future? Flex your muscle, make your demands and speak with your feet – This current government is not the government that Canada needs going forward into the future – wages are stagnant, tax%E2%80%99s are high, over priced goods and services, bloated courts, poor value on high priced services –Harper thinks Canadians are stupid, maybe they are. What happened to the conservative party?

    • And now they are going after York University in North Toronto? They must be terrified – anything at all to stifle the younger vote. Isn't this Hamilton lawyer the same creep involved in the Guergis smear job?

      Bubble Boy, bringing a Banana Republic to a country near you. Are any of these creatures even democratic?

    • Nice letter from CPC – probably wishing they hadn't sent that one now. Based on Election Canada's explanations today, including to the Liberals (http://www.scribd.com/doc/53111621/Elections-Canada), sure doesn't appear that the CPC had a good handle on Canadian election laws before making up all these allegations. Good lesson too in knowing *who* to talk to get the facts – i.e. not just the first guy you get on the phone.

  14. . you only can vote once and in a single riding of your choice.if you live in more then one riding during a year

  15. So on one hand Elections Canada says the station was not approved and on the other the school says they have approval.

    Someone is lying or Elections Canada is a very confused department.

  16. Anyone that got into that glorified farm college should not be allowed to vote in any event

  17. you can only vote one…LEGALLY.

    If you're a "Young Liberal" I'm sure you have already figured out a way to vote twice.

  18. So on one hand Elections Canada says the station was not approved and on the other the school says they have approval.

    Someone is lying or Elections Canada is a very confused department.

  19. Then let Elections Canada do it's job! I for one commend them citizens for
    organising such a poll in order to make sure students who are currently in
    exam period get to express their voices in this crucial election!

    [Did I mention Harper must be stopped?]

  20. It's over Elections Canada ruled the polling station was legitimate and the votes will count.

  21. It's over Elections Canada ruled the polling station was legitimate and the votes will count.

  22. Well as it turns out they won't have too as Elections Canada has declared the vote valid.

  23. The above poster failed to mention this:

    But the statement also notes that the special ballot, set up Wednesday by local Elections Canada returning officer Anne Budra to encourage students to vote, “was not pre-authorized by the Chief Electoral Officer,” and that all returning officers have been instructed “not to engage in any further activities of a similar nature.”

  24. Latest: Guelph student Brenna Anstett, who describes herself as non-partisan, was at the ballot station casting her vote around 5 p.m. on Wednesday when a man she identifies as Michael Sona, the communications director for Guelph Conservative candidate Marty Burke, attempted to stop voting claiming that Elections Canada had told him the station was illegal.

    “He was making a commotion, it was a big scene. He seemed aggressive and angry, and was quite loud,” she said. “He went to make a grab for the ballot box. He didn't have it in his hands at all that I recall. One of the Elections Canada officers intervened and kind of held on to the box.”

    Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff characterized the incident as yet another example of Stephen Harper's worrying attitude toward democracy. He predicted that the “drip, drip” of democracy-related stories – including the student who was kicked out of a Conservative rally because she had a photo of Mr. Ignatieff on her Facebook page – will ultimately turn the tide in the campaign.

  25. Latest: Guelph student Brenna Anstett, who describes herself as non-partisan, was at the ballot station casting her vote around 5 p.m. on Wednesday when a man she identifies as Michael Sona, the communications director for Guelph Conservative candidate Marty Burke, attempted to stop voting claiming that Elections Canada had told him the station was illegal.

    “He was making a commotion, it was a big scene. He seemed aggressive and angry, and was quite loud,” she said. “He went to make a grab for the ballot box. He didn%E2%80%99t have it in his hands at all that I recall. One of the Elections Canada officers intervened and kind of held on to the box.”

    Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff characterized the incident as yet another example of Stephen Harper%E2%80%99s worrying attitude toward democracy. He predicted that the “drip, drip” of democracy-related stories – including the student who was kicked out of a Conservative rally because she had a photo of Mr. Ignatieff on her Facebook page – will ultimately turn the tide in the campaign.

  26. Cooler heads should have prevailed. Mr. Harper's brand of new Conservatives continue to alienate and offend. This latest lunacy will certainly cost him votes and encourage even more universtiy students to vote. This is the problem when surrounding yourself with only those who will agree with you, you get bad advice. Our PMO seems to have now become a viper's nest of “agents provocateurs”.

  27. Cooler heads should have prevailed. Mr. Harper%E2%80%99s brand of new Conservatives continue to alienate and offend. This latest lunacy will certainly cost him votes and encourage even more universtiy students to vote. This is the problem when surrounding yourself with only those who will agree with you, you get bad advice. Our PMO seems to have now become a viper%E2%80%99s nest of “agents provocateurs”.

  28. Spoken like someone who would always do things the sleazy way first. You must me a member of Mr. Haprer's brand of neo-conservatism – lies, lies, obfuscation, dirty tricks, and an affinity for yes-men even if they have criminal records. Yes, you types are a lovely bunch of coconuts.

  29. And now they are going after York University in North Toronto? They must be terrified – anything at all to stifle the younger vote. Isn't this Hamilton lawyer the same creep involved in the Guergis smear job?

    Bubble Boy, bringing a Banana Republic to a country near you. Are any of these creatures even democratic?

  30. "Mr. Harper denied that his party was trying to suppress student voting at the university.

    “Our concern is simply that the rules for advance polling – that all of the rules of the election – be respected,” he told reporters. “That is our sole concern."
    MR. HARPER HAS PROVEN HIMSELF TO BE A LIAR ON MORE THAN ONE OCCASION BEFORE AND AFTER TAKING OFFICE, AS HAS BEEN A GREAT NUMBER OF HIS MPs and staff. He/they cannot be believed. If Mr. Harper believed these votes were in his favour (& who knows) he would have vigorously defended their right to vote. Obviously he feels these votes are not in his favour….this is how you spell the end of democracy, corruption, dictatorship. He proves it over & over again with his words & actions. Can it be any more clearer than that!

  31. "Mr. Harper denied that his party was trying to suppress student voting at the university.

    “Our concern is simply that the rules for advance polling – that all of the rules of the election – be respected,” he told reporters. “That is our sole concern."
    MR. HARPER HAS PROVEN HIMSELF TO BE A LIAR ON MORE THAN ONE OCCASION BEFORE AND AFTER TAKING OFFICE, AS HAS BEEN A GREAT NUMBER OF HIS MPs and staff. He/they cannot be believed. If Mr. Harper believed these votes were in his favour (& who knows) he would have vigorously defended their right to vote. Obviously he feels these votes are not in his favour….this is how you spell the end of democracy, corruption, dictatorship. He proves it over & over again with his words & actions. Can it be any more clearer than that!

    • AND IF YOU TYPE IN CAPITALS – IT MUST BE TRUE.

      "vigorously defended their right to vote" – Harper didn't say anything about anyone's right to vote, only that 'the rules of the election – be respected.' – please stop putting words in other people's mouths, and then call them a lair.

      Nothing you wrote made anything clearer, for people of any political stripe.

    • Blimey, you would have though there were SA men stationed outside this polling station based on the hysterical tone of some of these people. Whilst I do not approve of the actions allegedly committed by this over-zealous Conservative campaign staffer (and he was not a candidate, as some people have ignorantly suggested), you can hardly use it as an example of some huge conspiracy by the Conservatives to disenfranchise people.

      A campaign staffer allegedly saw a polling station which he felt did not conform to Elections Canada rules, and allegedly proceeded to make an inappropriate attempt stop it. If he really did these things, he should be reprimanded for attempting to take matters into his own hands, and all campaign staffers (regardless of party affiliation) should be reminded to call the authorities if they see any polling station irregularities.

      Having said all this, it does seem like there was something abnormal going on at the University of Guelph special ballot station, otherwise Elections Canada would not be instructing its staff to refrain from engaging in the set-up of similar stations. I do think Elections Canada needs to review its operation procedures in order to prevent something like this happening again in the future.

  32. Let me guess …………you're a C.R.A.P. hack.

  33. Just when is it the RIGHT of a Conservative (Reform/Alliance) candidate to try to grab a voting box! One did not see the other candidates try to grab the box…why just the CRAP one? The answer's obvious for any thinking person to see….dictatorship..

  34. Just when is it the RIGHT of a Conservative (Reform/Alliance) candidate to try to grab a voting box! One did not see the other candidates try to grab the box…why just the CRAP one? The answer's obvious for any thinking person to see….dictatorship..

    • or non of the candidates tried to grab a voting box. . . . .

      Thinking people will get this…..

  35. I didn't fail to mention it.

    It has nothing to do with the issue of counting the votes.

  36. I didn't fail to mention it.

    It has nothing to do with the issue of counting the votes.

  37. That's is pretty important contextual information. I agree that the votes should count, since it appears that the process was fine. However, special ballots should be authorized appropriately. People are certainly within their rights to complain when they are not.

    Of course if you disagree, I'd be happy to host a special ballot in my backyard. I feel a Tory surge coming on in downtown Toronto.

  38. Quite the accusation offer without anything resembling proof.

  39. Using MM in your quote builds not credibility, and allows people to rightly disregard all your comments.

  40. are you sure? where was that posted?

  41. how on earth can you blame this on Harper?

  42. how on earth can you blame this on Harper?

  43. AND IF YOU TYPE IN CAPITALS – IT MUST BE TRUE.

    "vigorously defended their right to vote" – Harper didn't say anything about anyone's right to vote, only that 'the rules of the election – be respected.' – please stop putting words in other people's mouths, and then call them a lair.

    Nothing you wrote made anything clearer, for people of any political stripe.

  44. or non of the candidates tried to grab a voting box. . . . .

    Thinking people will get this…..

  45. Blimey, you would have though there were SA men stationed outside this polling station based on the hysterical tone of some of these people. Whilst I do not approve of the actions allegedly committed by this over-zealous Conservative campaign staffer (and he was not a candidate, as some people have ignorantly suggested), you can hardly use it as an example of some huge conspiracy by the Conservatives to disenfranchise people.

    A campaign staffer allegedly saw a polling station which he felt did not conform to Elections Canada rules, and allegedly proceeded to make an inappropriate attempt stop it. If he really did these things, he should be reprimanded for attempting to take matters into his own hands, and all campaign staffers (regardless of party affiliation) should be reminded to call the authorities if they see any polling station irregularities.

    Having said all this, it does seem like there was something abnormal going on at the University of Guelph special ballot station, otherwise Elections Canada would not be instructing its staff to refrain from engaging in the set-up of similar stations. I do think Elections Canada needs to review its operation procedures in order to prevent something like this happening again in the future.

  46. Conservatives push envelope of vaguely written election financing law – BOOO! HISSS!

    Conservatives try to enforce perfectly clear polling station laws – BOOO! HISSS!

  47. Conservatives push envelope of vaguely written election financing law – BOOO! HISSS!

    Conservatives try to enforce perfectly clear polling station laws – BOOO! HISSS!

    • Conservatives whine and play the victim – so what else is new?

    • Both cases just evidence of the Conservative attitude to act first and think not at all.

      In the first case, given that their own candidates were saying, "This doesn't seem right", they should have consulted Elections Canda.

      In the second place, aside from you lying about it being a polling station as opposed to a special ballot station, it is not up to any political party to enforce the rules. Stop and think. You really want to open that door and have the Bloc "enforce" the rules throughout Quebec?

      Had the candidate and his supporters stopped and thought about it, they wouldn't be in this situation.

      Then again, if CPC supporters stopped and thought ever, we wouldn't be here in the first place, as Mr. Harper would have been gone following breaking his own fixed election law, and the CPC might have somebody in place that actually could give them their majority.

  48. Conservatives whine and play the victim – so what else is new?

  49. what would a harper supporter know what to do with proof?

    besides hide it.

  50. so much for the cpc rural vote then?

  51. so much for the cpc rural vote then?

  52. Nice letter from CPC – probably wishing they hadn't sent that one now. Based on Election Canada's explanations today, including to the Liberals <a href="http:// (http://www.scribd.com/doc/53111621/Elections-Canada),” target=”_blank”> <a href="http://(http://www.scribd.com/doc/53111621/Elections-Canada),” target=”_blank”>(http://www.scribd.com/doc/53111621/Elections-Canada), sure doesn't appear that the CPC had a good handle on Canadian election laws before making up all these allegations. Good lesson too in knowing *who* to talk to get the facts – i.e. not just the first guy you get on the phone.

  53. well.. thats one way to alienate an able voting age groupe… i sincerely hope the youth of this country surprise the heck out of Canada by voting

  54. well.. thats one way to alienate an able voting age groupe… i sincerely hope the youth of this country surprise the heck out of Canada by voting

  55. It's high time that Elections Canada was investigated for their obvious and disturbing corruption and double standards in enforcing it's own laws. We've seen the double standard employed before with the so called "in@out scheme", invented by the Separatists, and used by all party's, but it's only the Cons that have come under any scrutiny form EC officials. Now another example of EC playing fast and lose with the law… " In 2006 University of Toronto students had arranged, through the returning officer of Trinity Spadina riding, to vote by special ballot last weekend, but Elections Canada quashed the event after the campaign manager for Liberal incumbent Tony Ianno raised procedural concerns". Elections Canada has shown once again that they are corrupt and need to be investigated. As far as EC see's things, it's okay for Liberals, Separatists and NDP'ers to behave in a certain way, but it's strictly verboten for the Conservatives to do the same thing. All Canadians should be very concerned with this disturbing corruption and blatant double standard by EC officials, this is third world s##t. The LIberal "culture of corruption" has infested Elections Canada and there needs to be a hosing out of that bureaucracy as soon as possible, and an investigation as to when and how EC became a tool of the Liberal party and how deep does the corruption go.

  56. It's high time that Elections Canada was investigated for their obvious and disturbing corruption and double standards in enforcing it's own laws. We've seen the double standard employed before with the so called "in@out scheme", invented by the Separatists, and used by all party's, but it's only the Cons that have come under any scrutiny form EC officials. Now another example of EC playing fast and lose with the law… " In 2006 University of Toronto students had arranged, through the returning officer of Trinity Spadina riding, to vote by special ballot last weekend, but Elections Canada quashed the event after the campaign manager for Liberal incumbent Tony Ianno raised procedural concerns". Elections Canada has shown once again that they are corrupt and need to be investigated. As far as EC see's things, it's okay for Liberals, Separatists and NDP'ers to behave in a certain way, but it's strictly verboten for the Conservatives to do the same thing. All Canadians should be very concerned with this disturbing corruption and blatant double standard by EC officials, this is third world s##t. The LIberal "culture of corruption" has infested Elections Canada and there needs to be a hosing out of that bureaucracy as soon as possible, and an investigation as to when and how EC became a tool of the Liberal party and how deep does the corruption go.

  57. This is about the extremely bad press Harper got when he spoke at U of G over barring students because of their Face Book sites and using the RCMP as bouncers. Apparently the availability of voting for students had been uncontested in the last two elections. One thing you can say about the CPC is that it does persist in turning a bad situation into an even worse one for itself. Bullying has become their modus operandi.

  58. This is about the extremely bad press Harper got when he spoke at U of G over barring students because of their Face Book sites and using the RCMP as bouncers. Apparently the availability of voting for students had been uncontested in the last two elections. One thing you can say about the CPC is that it does persist in turning a bad situation into an even worse one for itself. Bullying has become their modus operandi.

  59. Your boys keep yapping about democracy, but when rules may have been broken which might help them, it's ok.

  60. Your boys keep yapping about democracy, but when rules may have been broken which might help them, it's ok.

  61. There is more to this than what comes out and has been written by people who are not known for their impartiality. The election officers, bureaucrats, and the people involved who handled this should be investigated. Democracy is most welcome as long as it is done legitimately. A Middle East form of pretend "democracy" should not be welcome in our universities. I wonder why there are bureaucrats and public employees working their **s off in showing their biases. It took very short time for Election Canada to determine and declare what one of their own did was legitimate, yet they agreed that others like this polling need to be stopped (?). Before the Auditor general release her report a "whatever draft" document has been leaked out, now a bureaucrat of election Canada did an advance polling without allowing a scrutineer in, what and who is next? Can we not trust Federal employees' impartiality and fairness in our country's important democratic exercise?

  62. There is more to this than what comes out and has been written by people who are not known for their impartiality. The election officers, bureaucrats, and the people involved who handled this should be investigated. Democracy is most welcome as long as it is done legitimately. A Middle East form of pretend "democracy" should not be welcome in our universities. I wonder why there are bureaucrats and public employees working their **s off in showing their biases. It took very short time for Election Canada to determine and declare what one of their own did was legitimate, yet they agreed that others like this polling need to be stopped (?). Before the Auditor general release her report a "whatever draft" document has been leaked out, now a bureaucrat of election Canada did an advance polling without allowing a scrutineer in, what and who is next? Can we not trust Federal employees' impartiality and fairness in our country%E2%80%99s important democratic exercise?

  63. There is more to this than what comes out and has been written by people who are not known for their impartiality. The election officers, bureaucrats, and the people involved who handled this should be investigated. Democracy is most welcome as long as it is done legitimately. A Middle East form of pretend "democracy" should not be welcome in our universities. I wonder why there are bureaucrats and public employees working their **s off in showing their biases. It took very short time for Election Canada to determine and declare what one of their own did was legitimate, yet they agreed that others like this polling need to be stopped (?). Before the Auditor general release her report a "whatever draft" document has been leaked out, now a bureaucrat of election Canada did an advance polling without allowing a scrutineer in, what and who is next? Can we not trust Federal employees' impartiality and fairness in our country's important democratic exercise?

  64. Both cases just evidence of the Conservative attitude to act first and think not at all.

    In the first case, given that their own candidates were saying, "This doesn't seem right", they should have consulted Elections Canda.

    In the second place, aside from you lying about it being a polling station as opposed to a special ballot station, it is not up to any political party to enforce the rules. Stop and think. You really want to open that door and have the Bloc "enforce" the rules throughout Quebec?

    Had the candidate and his supporters stopped and thought about it, they wouldn't be in this situation.

    Then again, if CPC supporters stopped and thought ever, we wouldn't be here in the first place, as Mr. Harper would have been gone following breaking his own fixed election law, and the CPC might have somebody in place that actually could give them their majority.

  65. So, EC sets up a raw meat feeding station in a hyper-partisan environment and problems ensue. For any who support this kind of non-sense I can only hope you can see this for what it is. It is a clear attempt to subvert the electoral process…what's next balot boxes in Union Halls and soup kitchens? I wonder what percentage of votes cast are permanent residents of the riding? I wonder how many will get to vote twice?

  66. So, EC sets up a raw meat feeding station in a hyper-partisan environment and problems ensue. For any who support this kind of non-sense I can only hope you can see this for what it is. It is a clear attempt to subvert the electoral process…what's next balot boxes in Union Halls and soup kitchens? I wonder what percentage of votes cast are permanent residents of the riding? I wonder how many will get to vote twice?

  67. I have never read so much crap!!! This is just another thing to blow up into a scandal. It was very simply that this voting booth had not been sanctioned by Elections Canada until after the fact. You can't just go around setting up polling booths wherever it takes your fancy. DROP IT!!!! I'm sick of all this nonsense. Most of this stuff being passed around and is causing the Liberals to scream in indignation has been fabricated by the Liberals in their plight for power. The opposition parties had decided long ago to take Harper down and would do anything in their power to do it. Do you want such cunning deceitful people in power? It will be far worse for Canada than what we have.. These new liberal attack ads are far worse than the ones issued by Harper's war room but our media is not condemning them like they did for the Conservatives. Shame ! Don't be so partisan!! You do not fit the definition of a good journalist. The Liberals are just like the Republicans in their attacks and then they claim they are the kind, gentle, loving keepers of the Canadian people. They have our interest at heart!!

  68. I have never read so much crap!!! This is just another thing to blow up into a scandal. It was very simply that this voting booth had not been sanctioned by Elections Canada until after the fact. You can't just go around setting up polling booths wherever it takes your fancy. DROP IT!!!! I'm sick of all this nonsense. Most of this stuff being passed around and is causing the Liberals to scream in indignation has been fabricated by the Liberals in their plight for power. The opposition parties had decided long ago to take Harper down and would do anything in their power to do it. Do you want such cunning deceitful people in power? It will be far worse for Canada than what we have.. These new liberal attack ads are far worse than the ones issued by Harper's war room but our media is not condemning them like they did for the Conservatives. Shame ! Don't be so partisan!! You do not fit the definition of a good journalist. The Liberals are just like the Republicans in their attacks and then they claim they are the kind, gentle, loving keepers of the Canadian people. They have our interest at heart!!

  69. Also the opposition parties must take as much blame for the deficit as the Conservatives. They pushed and pushed to spend money and it was Harper who drew the line in the sand. The 13 billion surplus left in the kitty had to be used to reinstate some of the slash and burn programs left in tatters by the republicans. OOPS!!! I mean Liberals. Don't forget all the money they took with them as they slithered out the back door so I don't think they deserve to come in through the front!!

  70. Also the opposition parties must take as much blame for the deficit as the Conservatives. They pushed and pushed to spend money and it was Harper who drew the line in the sand. The 13 billion surplus left in the kitty had to be used to reinstate some of the slash and burn programs left in tatters by the republicans. OOPS!!! I mean Liberals. Don't forget all the money they took with them as they slithered out the back door so I don't think they deserve to come in through the front!!

    • It was the Harper minority Conservatives who decided to wast many millions of tax dollars on Economic Action Plan signs. It was the Conservatives who spent us into deficit before the recession even occurred, because they are a bunch of incompetent fools and wasters.

  71. It was the Harper minority Conservatives who decided to wast many millions of tax dollars on Economic Action Plan signs. It was the Conservatives who spent us into deficit before the recession even occurred, because they are a bunch of incompetent fools and wasters.

  72. Is there an independent impartial organization that guard, watch, and ensure that election Canada is doing its job fairly? The actions of some of its employee, hopefully not a representation of the whole organization, tarnish the reputation of the fairness of this democratic process and the institution. What a shame!

  73. Is there an independent impartial organization that guard, watch, and ensure that election Canada is doing its job fairly? The actions of some of its employee, hopefully not a representation of the whole organization, tarnish the reputation of the fairness of this democratic process and the institution. What a shame!

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