Voting Rights

The "Unfair" Elections Act Is Classic Stephen Harper

Justin Beach | Posted 04.16.2014 | Canada Politics
Justin Beach

I've been getting piles of emails, Facebook messages and invites about the Conservatives 'Fair Elections Act'.  I haven't really responded to the...

Where Would We Be if These Greats Never Stood Up for Change?

David Suzuki | Posted 03.10.2014 | Canada
David Suzuki

Change is never easy and it often creates discord, but when people come together for the good of humanity and the Earth, we can accomplish great things. Those are the lessons from Nelson Mandela, Rosa Parks and all those who refuse to give up in the face of adversity when the cause they pursue is just and necessary.

Russell Brand May Be Brilliant But Not Voting Is Idiotic

Toula Drimonis | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Politics
Toula Drimonis

Notorious bad boy, Russell Brand, may have recently started a revolution. Or not. In his interview with BBC journalist Jeremy Paxman, Brand expressed his frustration with the status quo and explained why he's never voted in his entire life. He did so with intelligence and disarming charm.The trouble, however, with Russell Brand's call for a revolution is, while it may speak to people because it sounds terribly dangerous and sexy in a "fuck-it-all, let's start from scratch" kind of way, it offers no real solutions. It's not by rejecting democracy that you create change, because, in a democracy, change can only happen within the system.

Even Children Should Know Their Rights

Danielle S. McLaughlin | Posted 07.14.2013 | Canada
Danielle S. McLaughlin

In 2011 the United Nations and all the countries in it adopted an agreement on human rights education and training. The agreement says that everyone has the right to an education that must include education about human rights -- even snarly kids. So why might this principal, and other educators like her, want to prohibit human rights education in her school?

Althia Raj

Marijuana Party Candidate Challenges Guelph Riding's Election Results

HuffingtonPost.com | Althia Raj | Posted 07.14.2012 | Canada Politics

Liberal MP Frank Valeriote is fighting efforts by another local candidate to overturn the results of the last federal election in his riding of Guelph...

Does This Nova Scotian Premier Hate Black People?

Anthony Morgan | Posted 09.13.2012 | Canada Politics
Anthony Morgan

"...Nova Scotia Premier, Darrell Dexter, does not care about black people." As hyperbolic as that statement is, dumbfounded à la Kanye West was my initial disposition after reading articles I recently came across chronicling a brewing controversy in Nova Scotia's current electoral reform process.

The Supreme Court Will Send a Message to How Elections Should be Run

Omar Alghabra | Posted 09.11.2012 | Canada Politics
Omar Alghabra

An electoral scandal has been brought to the Supreme Court, and will be precedent-setting in terms of what politicians can and can't get away with in elections. Some of the questions the Justices will be asking themselves: What kind of message will we be sending to future elections if we choose to ignore those violations? Is Elections Canada justified in its nonchalant attitude towards the occurrence of voting irregularities?

Voting Rights At Stake In Nullified Election Case?

CP | Steve Rennie, The Canadian Press | Posted 09.08.2012 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Residents of a Toronto riding were still unclear Tuesday just who is their true member of Parliament after Canada's high court reserved judgm...

High Stakes Election Ruling On The Way

CBC | Posted 09.08.2012 | Canada Politics

The stakes are enormous for virtually every participant in tomorrow's Supreme Court of Canada appeal of the overturning of the 2011 federal election r...

Byelection For Etobicoke Centre?

CP | Steve Rennie, The Canadian Press | Posted 09.07.2012 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - A Conservative MP desperate to hold on to his riding and a Liberal runner-up who went to court to get the razor-thin result overturned will m...

Election result challenge lacks proof, Tory lawyer says

CBC | Posted 08.25.2012 | Canada

An application challenging the 2011 federal election result in seven ridings was filed too late and lacks proof, a Conservative Party lawyer told the ...

MP Del Mastro's election returns leave questions swirling

CBC | Posted 08.07.2012 | Canada Politics

Conservative MP Dean Del Mastro answered only one question Thursday about a report that Elections Canada is looking into his 2008 campaig...

Dean Del Mastro Urged To Quit Over Election Expense Probe

CP | Stephanie Levitz, The Canadian Press | Posted 08.07.2012 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - The Ontario MP who normally leads the Conservative defence against accusations of dirty electoral tricks found himself on the defensive Thurs...

Mulcair Silent On Party Breaking Political Financing Laws

CP | Jennifer Ditchburn, The Canadian Press | Posted 08.06.2012 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - NDP Leader Tom Mulcair isn't revealing how much the NDP was forced to pay back to major Canadian unions after Elections Canada found the part...

NDP Broke Financing Laws At Convention

CP | Jennifer Ditchburn, The Canadian Press | Posted 08.05.2012 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - For the second time in a year, the NDP has run afoul of political financing laws.Elections Canada has ordered the NDP to pay back money it co...

Parcels Sent To MPs Sometimes Ooze

CP | Jennifer Ditchburn, The Canadian Press | Posted 07.30.2012 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - From poop to hate mail and wacky crafts, members of Parliament have seen a lot of interesting — and sometimes alarming — items delivered ...

Tory MP asks Supreme Court to uphold Toronto riding result

CBC | Posted 07.28.2012 | Canada

Ted Opitz is appealing to the Supreme Court of Canada to uphold the 2011 federal election result in his Toronto riding. On Ma...

Nullified Election Result Headed To Supreme Court

CP | Joan Bryden, The Canadian Press | Posted 07.28.2012 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - A Conservative MP whose election was overturned by a judge is appealing the case to the Supreme Court of Canada.Until the top court resolves ...

Defeated Liberal Accuses Tories Of Voter Suppression

CP | Joan Bryden, The Canadian Press | Posted 07.24.2012 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - A defeated Liberal MP isn't content to revel in a court ruling that overturned the election results in his Toronto riding on technical, proce...

Former Liberal MP demands immediate byelection

CBC | Posted 07.24.2012 | Canada

A former Liberal MP who won a legal challenge to have the federal election result overturned in his Toronto riding is calling for Prime M...

Conservatives ask court to dismiss election case

CBC | Posted 07.22.2012 | Canada

Conservative MPs are asking the Federal Court to dismiss an application to review the federal election results in seven ridings. ...

Tories Ask Court To Toss Robocall Cases

CP | Steve Rennie, The Canadian Press | Posted 07.22.2012 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Seven Conservative MPs who narrowly won their seats in the last election are asking the Federal Court to toss out a request to review the res...

Judge Throws Out Tory Election Win In Toronto Riding

CP | Colin Perkel, The Canadian Press | Posted 07.18.2012 | Canada Politics

TORONTO - Enough suspect votes were cast due to clerical errors to warrant overturning last year's federal election result in a Toronto riding, an Ont...

How Much Do Political Parties Know About You?

CP | Bruce Cheadle, The Canadian Press | Posted 07.17.2012 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - The continuing robocalls investigation highlights concerns over how political parties use private, personal information, says a new research ...

Elections Canada Fails To Nail Pierre Poutine

CP | Steve Rennie, The Canadian Press | Posted 07.08.2012 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - Elections Canada's hunt for the elusive Pierre Poutine has led investigators down a blind alley.Investigator Allan Mathews sought computer re...