The NDP are pushing through a new law that will drastically change how elections are held in Alberta and it’s all designed to help them get the leg up in the new election.
It's called Bill 32, otherwise known as "An Act to Strengthen and Protect Democracy in Alberta" but don't let the name deceive you. This bill only serves to protect the NDP's strangle hold on power.
Some of the changes are just plain crazy, like removing the 6 month residency requirement to vote in Alberta elections.
And another seems poorly thought out – logistically speaking -like allowing people to vote for their local candidate at any polling place across the province.
And other changes seek to shut up their critics, like trying to declare The Rebel a third party advertiser which would make us subject to new, restrictive elections finance laws.
And another change might keep opposition candidates off the ballot, by moving advance voting closer to the day the election is called – in some cases before all parties have their candidates selected.
What a sleazy way to try to win an election.
This bill is so bad that Alberta's Chief electoral officer, Glen Resler, wrote a formal letter to Christina Gray, Alberta's Minister for Democratic Renewal. That letter informed her that her new legislation will have unintended consequences and will be impossible to implement.
Resler said in his letter that he is concerned that bill 32 will deteriorate the service to electors and even said “I have not been consulted in relation to policy direction leading up to Bill 32".
Remember when Trudeau's token appointment as the minister of democratic renewal Maryam Monsef tried to redo Canada's election process by eliminating first-past-the-post?
She bungled it so badly that it blew up in her face and everyone was mad at her, from the left and the right. It was an amazing failure and the Liberals had to retreat.
But the NDP won't retreat. They're too ideological and too eager to use the power of the legislature to stack the deck for themselves to ever back off and do the right thing.
So, I'm putting Notley on notice. If she wants a fight over the free press again. She's got it. And she is going to lose this one too. We won't stand by and let her stack the elections laws against her critics.