Monday, June 01, 2015

"Here Skippy, Skippy, Skippy" ..... you're going down!

Pierre "Skippy" Poilevre
Good Day Readers:

Apparently, now former Minister responsible for "Un" Democratic Reform answers in the House of Commons to the name "Skippy."

Well, back in mid-2014 he was responsible for shepherding Bill C-23 (An Act to Amend the Canada Elections Act) in the House of Commons which eventually morphed into the "Un" Fair Elections Act. Besides null and voiding Voter Information Cards as proof of residency, it became much more difficult for someone who has know a voter to simply vouch they have known the individual for some time and they are and live where they say they do. The end result of these changes will be to disenfranchise literally thousands, and thousands of voters.

Several provisions also have the collective impact of de-balling the ability of Canada's Chief Electoral Office from protecting your right to vote and keeping you informed.thereby for all intense and purposes turning him into a eunuch.
A group has emerged who on July 2 of this year will challenge the constitutionality of certain provisions of the "Un" Fair Elections Act under Section 3 of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms which simply states:

Every citizen of Canada has the right to vote in an election of the members of the House of Commons or of a legislative assembly and to be qualified for membership therein.

It is CyberSmokeBlog's hope that after the July court hearing and the October federal election the "Un" Fair Elections Act, as well as, the Harper government will be road kill.
A special thank you to the well-informed reader who sent the original e-mail that started this but has requested anonymity.

Given things constitutional/charter are Rocco "The Wrecking Ball" Galati's forte and right down his alley, he has been sent a copy of the original e-mail in the hopes his Constitutional Rights Centre will issue a Press Release supporting those opposing the changes to the Fair Elections Act.

Sincerely,
Clare L. Pieuk

Good Afternoon,

I want to draw to your attention an issue that has not had much profile. This link connects to a story describing the issue;
 


http://www.canada.com/mobile/iphone/story.html?id=11059597#.VVdOGmSEFlk.twitter

This article discusses in plain language the new voter identification procedures which the Harper Government has enacted to with a view to making the voting process much more difficult for people who do not normally vote for the Conservative Party; specifically, students, the elderly (especially those who no longer drive) and others who are not holders of the prescribed forms of ID. This practice is copied from similar tactics often used by Republicans in the US.

The Council of Canadians, The Canadian Federation of Students and several individual plaintiffs have brought a legal action in the Superior Court of Justice for Ontario seeking to have the restrictive Harper rules declared unconstitutional as they improperly interfere with the right of citizens to vote. An application for an interim injunction to suspend the operation of Harpers rules is scheduled for July 2 and 3. You can get very detailed information about the legal action at this link;


http://canadians.org/charter-challenge

(Note: I'm sure the Council of Canadians will welcome any contribution to the cause.)

The Canadian Federation of Students also has some information on the issue at;


http://cfs-fcee.ca/take-action/let-people-vote/have-your-say/

This is an important issue in its own right and as a reflection of the general erosion of traditional Canadian values and democratic processes which the Harper Government is imposing on us in some way with every action Harpers government takes.

Please feel free to share this note as you see fit. This legal case may foil Harpers attempt to rig this falls election in his favour. That is an honourable and valuable objective.

Best regards,
Anonymous

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