Saturday, March 29, 2014

Phil and the Unphair Elections Act

Phil McColeman prides himself on having helped develop the Laurier Brant campus (even taking credit for work that his government didn't do).  So why does Phil support a bill that would make it difficult or impossible for students in Brantford to vote?

The bill is the so-called "Fair Elections Act".  The opposition parties in Parliament have dubbed it the "Unfair Elections Act", and for good reason.  The bill does a lot of really bad things for Canadian democracy, such as getting rid of vouching at polling stations.  This doesn't sound that bad, but think about this: how many students who live in Brant to attend university or college, but aren't registered with Elections Canada to vote in Brant?  A lot of these students don't have ID that proves their current address.  So in the next election, they won't be able to vote.

Let's think about that for a second.  Why would Conservatives like Phil want to make it harder for students to vote (in addition to poor people and marginalized groups)?  Maybe it's because these people don't normally vote Conservative.  This might sound like a conspiracy theory, but consider the following quote from Andrew Coyne, a proudly conservative journalist:
In normal times, under a normal government, the Fair Elections Act would have been withdrawn by now, or at least be in serious trouble. The past few weeks have seen the bill denounced as a threat to democracy by the chief electoral officer, the former chief electoral officer, several provincial elections officials, academic experts domestic and foreign, and newspaper editorials across the country.  Thursday they were joined by Harry Neufeld, the former chief electoral officer of British Columbia and the author of an inquiry into irregularities in the 2011 election.
What is Phil's response to the "Fair Elections Act"?  My guess is he's still sitting on the backbench clapping away every time the Conservative members resort to cover-ups, misrepresentations and outright lies when defending the Unfair Elections Act.

Phil is a weak MP who does not care about the institution of democracy.  In 2015, let's show that we care about democracy by voting to Dump Phil!


Anonymous said...

If Phil wins in the next election we will know why!! how can this man even be allowed to be a politician

Brantford Bob said...

CONservative is right. Hes worried he can't win fairly so he's changing the rules.

PHIL SUCKS said...

Phil is the really annoying kid in the playground who makes the rules up to suit him as he goes along.

Has Phil ever done anything to help people in Brant? I'm sincerely asking that, because this is my main source of news on him and it seems like all he does is try to help himself.

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