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Vancouver South Recount: The Latest Intrigue – Plus Memories of Ballot Battles Past


 

I wish I had more of an update, y’all, but this is turning out to be a fiendishly tricky tale to untangle. I wasn’t able to speak to Ray Leitch, who is now referring media inquiries to the national office in Ottawa — specifically, to Ryan Sparrow, who would only state that the party “is disappointed that not all the ballots were counted during the recount” and will “explore various options in the next few days” to make sure that happens. “Regardless of the results, all we would like to see is that every vote in Vancouver South has been counted.” But let’s look on the bright side for a moment – he replied to my email! Promptly, even!

Anyway, I’ll keep ferreting away, but in the meantime, this 2006 Ontario Supreme Court ruling will tell you more than you ever wanted to know about the process of conducting a judicial recount — seriously, it’s like you’re there, sipping the room temperature coffee and grumbling over how out of date the printer drivers are on the Elections Canada-issued laptop – and, as a bonus, includes a special guest appearance by a current Conservative cabinet minister.


 

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