Monday, February 03, 2014

Consultation? We don't do no stinkin' consultation!

“The chief electoral officer has not been consulted, and we heard the minister’s comments,” said spokesman John Enright.
“There’s been no consultation on the contents of the bill.”
OF COURSE the Harper Cons didn't consult with the chief electoral officer about their new Elections bill!
These guys never consult with anybody about anything.  Don't bother them with the facts, whatever they think is right and that's that.
So why would anyone believe they had actually discussed their plans to change election laws with the office that is supposed to implement them? That's something the Liberals did, and there's no way the Harper Cons will ever do things the Liberal way!
Ralph Goodale says:
“It’s ominous … given their track record with Elections Canada, which has been confrontational right from Day 1, and then resentful. It now may have moved to vindictive,” said Goodale.
“It’s significant that they’ve prepared this [bill] without any serious discussion with anyone at Elections Canada. I think everyone would be well advised to read the fine print with a great deal of care.”
Goodale recited just some of the fractious Conservative history with the elections watchdog and said parliamentarians “all need to be very alert.”
“This could in effect be the gutting of Elections Canada.”
Yes, I expect it will be.  Trevor Purdy's got it right:

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