Pierre Poilievre & The Conspiracy Party of Canada
Terrorists that want to continue captive carnivals like the Freedom Convoy and rally that shut down Ottawa early in 2022 and again in July 2022.
I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again: the Conservative Party of Canada – the party that was fundamental to the building of Canada – is now officially the Conspiracy Party of Canada.
They have gone full MAGA. They believe that the World Economic Forum exists to enslave us all.
They even support Vladimir Putin as he murders thousands of Ukrainians.
They object to vaccinations and documentation while they call out to Alexa for the latest tunes to play for them.
An opinion piece by Michael Harries in The Hill Times reminds us that Pierre Poilievre is a VERY dangerous person and, more importantly, asks us to note EXTREMELY questionable behaviour during the Stephen Harper years, where he was the key person behind robocalls and potential election tampering; was appointed to a position to reform election law to limit these issues and then used the office to protect himself from any wrongdoing.
In 2014, Poilievre was handed the cabinet-level job of reforming Canada’s election law, a particularly important task after the debacle of the robocalls affair back in 2011. Instead of strengthening the electoral process, the risibly named Fair Elections Act did the opposite.
Poilievre wanted to do away with the practice of vouching, which allowed a person without proper identification to vote, if someone who knew them, and held the proper ID, vouched for them.
While it was obvious that Elections Canada needed new powers to investigate electoral infractions, Poilievre did not give the Commissioner of Elections the authority to compel witness testimony. It was that lack of subpoena powers that prevented Elections Canada from getting to the bottom of the robocalls scandal.
Poilievre also denied Election Canada’s request to require political parties to provide receipts and other documentation about their spending. Without those records, it was impossible for Elections Canada to ensure compliance with spending limits.
Poilievre’s bill proposed to do away with the enforcement arm of the office of the chief electoral officer, and move it over to the director of public prosecutions. What did that mean?
Simply this: If another robocalls fiasco were detected by the commissioner, it would no longer be reported to the public or Parliament. It would then be easier—not harder—to cheat.
And the most remarkable thing of all? Poilievre did not bother to consult with Elections Canada on Bill C-23. With all the bread crumbs from robocalls leading back to the Conservative Information Management System, that was more than a little strange.
Bill C-23 was a train-wreck as a piece of proposed legislation. Making matters worse, it was rolled out by a rookie cabinet minister out of his depth. It was so bad that even members of the Conservative caucus didn’t like it.
After a huge public outcry, including a letter of protest from 150 political scientists, Poilievre was forced to do a major public climb-down on the legislation. Mercifully, some of the more egregious parts of the bill were amended before it became law. Just before the 2019 election, the Trudeau Liberals essentially gutted Poilievre’s folly.
It’s hard to find a party leader, let alone a prime minister, in a resume like that.
Is this the leadership Canada deserves?