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Vengeance? Former Stephen Harper advisor says “bad blood” behind Elections Canada attack

Could this week’s all-out Conservative personal attack against the head of Elections Canada be about vengeance? That’s what Tory pundit Geoff Norquay suggested Tuesday night during a panel on CBC’s Power and Politics. You see, Chief Elections Officer Marc Mayrand, a critic of the proposed Unfair Elections Act, took on the Conservative Party a few years […]

April 9, 2014

Could this week’s all-out Conservative personal attack against the head of Elections Canada be about vengeance?

That’s what Tory pundit Geoff Norquay suggested Tuesday night during a panel on CBC’s Power and Politics. You see, Chief Elections Officer Marc Mayrand, a critic of the proposed Unfair Elections Act, took on the Conservative Party a few years back over the “in-and-out” election financing scandal.

The RCMP raided the Conservative Party’s offices in 2008, and charges were laid against four senior officials including Senator Irving Gerstein. The charges were eventually dropped as part of a plea deal that saw the Conservatives and their fundraising arm plead guilty to Canada Elections Act charges for exceeding the maximum allowable spending limit in the 2006 campaign as well as filing incomplete election records.

The party was fined $52,000 for breaking election rules.

Watch Norquay, Stephen Harper’s director of communications when he was in opposition, talk about the connection between this “old bad blood” and the Canada Elections Act. 

 

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Conservatives “at peace” with unanimous opposition to Unfair Elections Act

Canada’s Chief Elections Officer is a power-hungry guy who’s making bogus and “astounding” statements about the government’s proposed elections act to protect his budget and avoid accountability. That’s the latest assessment of Pierre Poilievre, the Harper government’s point man on the Unfair Elections Act, who used his appearance Tuesday at Senate hearings into the bill to launch […]

April 8, 2014

Canada’s Chief Elections Officer is a power-hungry guy who’s making bogus and “astounding” statements about the government’s proposed elections act to protect his budget and avoid accountability.

That’s the latest assessment of Pierre Poilievre, the Harper government’s point man on the Unfair Elections Act, who used his appearance Tuesday at Senate hearings into the bill to launch a personal attack against Marc Mayrand.

Mayrand is one of a string of non-partisan Parliamentary officers and elections experts who have come out against…