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Misremembering Tory MP withdraws wild voter fraud statement

One of the justifications for a key plank of the Conservative government’s proposed elections act is unraveling. Ontario Conservative MP Brad Butt was doing his bit in the House of Commons earlier this month when he cited a dramatic tale to explain why it was so important to tighten up voter identification rules and scrap […]

February 24, 2014

One of the justifications for a key plank of the Conservative government’s proposed elections act is unraveling.

Ontario Conservative MP Brad Butt was doing his bit in the House of Commons earlier this month when he cited a dramatic tale to explain why it was so important to tighten up voter identification rules and scrap the practice of “vouching” for people who lack proper identification at polling stations.

It’s all about stamping out widespread voter fraud, not voter suppression, Butt explained.

To make his point on behalf of the Conservatives, Butt said it was vital to bar people from using voting cards issued by Elections Canada as a valid ID because he had personally seen political operatives scooping up these cards from recycling bins to use them for fraudulent purposes at polling stations.

On Monday, Butt admitted that, well, wasn’t true. Watch his changing story:

 

 

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What to make of Tim Hudak’s flip-flop on “right-to-work”?

Did Tim Hudak just concede attacking unions is an attack on the middle class? That’s wishful thinking for an anti-labour ideologue like Hudak, but the Ontario Progressive Conservative leader renounced Friday one of his key policy planks on the eve of an expected provincial election that, if implemented, would have really hurt the middle class. In a […]

February 21, 2014

Did Tim Hudak just concede attacking unions is an attack on the middle class?

That’s wishful thinking for an anti-labour ideologue like Hudak, but the Ontario Progressive Conservative leader renounced Friday one of his key policy planks on the eve of an expected provincial election that, if implemented, would have really hurt the middle class.

In a speech to the Toronto Region Board of Trade, Hudak said he no longer plans to bring in “right-to-work” legislation if elected.

The idea was…