December 11, 2017

Alberta NDP push Bill 32 to protect their stranglehold on power (and silence The Rebel)

Sheila Gunn ReidRebel Host | The Gunn Show

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. 

But I need your help. Please sign our petition at and help us fight back against Rachel Notley and her NDP destroyers

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commented 2017-12-12 01:09:07 -0500
I know Tom Mulcair. Notley is just as slick, slimy and reptilian as he is. Their common disease is called “NDP”.

Take note: the “D” in NDP is supposed to represent “Democratic”. .Yea. Good for a laugh.
commented 2017-12-11 22:12:46 -0500
Liza, Climate Barbie gets skewered every time. She continues to post ridiculous claims, when will she ever learn?!!
commented 2017-12-11 20:01:40 -0500
I have to assume by these NDP legislative changes in Bill 32 and the subsequent trashing of Albertan’s sacred franchise, that they think they have a chance at being ‘elected’ for another term…even by any hook or crook, collusion or criminality.
I think the majority of Albertans think otherwise…
So the NDP fascists and totalitarians have to be taken down HARD then!
Apparently hemp rope is the best…
commented 2017-12-11 19:42:30 -0500
Tammie it is hard to believe that climate Barbie can be so brazen with her spin. She has nothing to base her argument on. Bear could have been sick, wounded, old , there are many reasons it may not have been able to feed itself. The manufactured spin is unproductive and does nothing to help her ‘cause’ she looks like an idiot when she posts those things.

As for Wynne and Notley, you can be sure they are best buddies, I think Justine is a girlfriend of theirs as well. They all lunch together right after Justin gets out of Friday prayers at his local Mosque. Alberta is probably a test case for something they are going to try in other provinces and then federally. None of these people should be allowed to mess with our voting system. Nobody wants this fuckery. Nobody asked for this.
commented 2017-12-11 15:00:45 -0500
The authoritarian left are crooked and corrupt.
Excellent post Timothy Boyle.
commented 2017-12-11 14:24:18 -0500
If a crow had Rachels brain it would be flying side ways.
commented 2017-12-11 14:03:17 -0500
Rachel isn’t even an original in her blatant attacks on democracy. She’s copying what Wynne is trying to do in ON. I’ll just bet that they are being directed by the liberal government.
commented 2017-12-11 13:46:01 -0500
… Rachel Notley is the candy-coating on the ugly public service union bureaucrat thug mentality. They know that they have lost the upcoming election, so they are not even bothering with hiding their ignorant Mafia mentality anymore.
commented 2017-12-11 13:06:21 -0500
If they think for one second they’re communist ideas will work they are batshit crazy ! Go ahead try it and for every syco socialist I will recruit double the number in conservatives voting . Notley and the NDP have just shown there lunitic fringe mindset and I will make sure everyone knows how they are trying to sabotage the democratic process . It will be a cold day in hell if they think they’re little communist plan will work !
commented 2017-12-11 12:41:34 -0500
Timothy Boyle you are right , this is serious business and a serious curtailment of free speech. I never realized before just how restrictive the Canadian system can be, if it is possible to get away with these sorts of changes. It is alarming, and doesn’t seem fair or that it should be legal.
commented 2017-12-11 12:36:04 -0500
I have been planning a trip back to Alberta to visit my friends for a while now. If it is as easy as just walking in we need to organize, but surely you must have to have a voter registration card?
Ron Christiensen I think you are right. Not that Notley should get away with this smarmy move but the NDP are toast either way.
commented 2017-12-11 12:32:08 -0500
What’s distrubing about the critical letter from Alberta Chief Electoral officer is that it makes no mention at all about the pernicious effects of drastically curtailing political speech well before an election is even called. Canada’s freedom of speech laws suffered a real set back when thirteen years ago when the SCC reversed the Alberta court of Appeal and held that limits on speech by ordinary citizens acting alone or in groups could be curtailed during the election period. They grounded this remarkable ruling on the need to protect the fairness of elections and concluded (with virtually no evidence) that allowing unlimited speech would have a harmful effect on the fairness of elections.

The decision was tersely dissented to by three of the court’s judges who understood that freedom of speech means freedom of speech and it’s not something to be curtailed especially during an election. Six of the judges thought otherwise including the three judges from Quebec and that is why we now have spending limits and many other controls on non-party people wishing to comment publically during federal elections. Earlier in their term the NDP government passed similiar legeslation in Alberta and so Alberta elections, like their federal counterparts, heavily regulate election speech. With this new law, however, the Alberta NDP wish to go further much further. Not only do they want to regulate speech during election campaigns but for a lengthy and indefinite period of time before elections.

That’s right folks, just when everyone is most interested in talking politics the NDP government is going to drastically limit your ability to do so. In some cases the new law will seek to limit speech year round. Not since the Aberhart government’s Press Bill of the 1930’s has the Alberta government sought to place such draconian restrictions on free speech. Back then the SCC found that the law violated Canada’s constituion even before it had a Charter of Rights; we can only hope that the courts remain as dedicated to free speech now as they were back in the the 30s.
commented 2017-12-11 12:24:45 -0500
What should we expect from a union run government?
commented 2017-12-11 12:24:41 -0500
No, removing the six month period isn’t crazy. Being a resident should be sufficient, and that takes 90 days and is a sufficient obstacle to prevent the busload of voter tourists scenario.

Voting at remote offices makes sense (I mean, you can already do that by mail) and earlier advance polls? Well, if your party isn’t ready for the writ to be dropped, then your party isn’t ready to govern.

I agree, agenda driven third parties should be treated differently than impartial media. When was the last time the Rebel tried to offer a fair analysis of a situation instead of just ranting about how Notley is the devil incarnate because the oilpatch crashed a year before she was elected?
commented 2017-12-11 12:21:55 -0500
Looks like a far left wing union goon bill to me.
commented 2017-12-11 12:03:13 -0500
“Some of the changes are just plain crazy, like removing the 6 month residency requirement to vote in Alberta elections.”

So basically, the Non-Democratic Party intends to bring in bus loads of regressive leftists from the lower mainland and the Island, BC the month before the election to vote; probably will offer the same holiday package to regressive socialists from Toronto and Montreal.

Once in power, all regressive socialists seek to become a one party dictatorship.
commented 2017-12-11 11:41:26 -0500
William Aberhart tried to muzzle the media back in the 1930’s when they attacked his policies. Back then Albertans and the media put a stop to it. Time will tell if times have changed. Will the media circle the wagons or throw The Rebel under one?
commented 2017-12-11 11:32:38 -0500
The NDP will be removed one way or another !