July 26, 2015

Do Canadian election "watch dogs" need a "watch dog", too?

Brian LilleyArchive

Elections Canada and the "media party" have a history of treating conservatives and conservative-minded groups one way, and left-wing, union-backed groups and parties another.

The election hasn't even officially begun and we've already seen examples of the different treatment each side can expect from the "media party" in their response to third-party groups like HarperPAC versus Engage Canada.

The rules and spending limits change for these groups once the writ drops but can we trust Elections Canada and the "media party" to pay attention to what the union funded third party groups are doing once the campaign is official?

Based on their track records, I don't have a lot of hope.

I run through several examples of double-standards from past elections and ask whether we need a watch dog for the watch dogs as we head into the election.   


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commented 2015-07-27 16:26:18 -0400
Belinda Cardoso…I don’t know if you are old enough to remember the little red book called “the Thoughts of Chairman Mao Tse-tung” It was about two cubic inches…which I think was because that was as big as it could be and still rammed down people’s throats. They bragged that more copies of it had been published and distributed than all editions of the Bible….now try and find a copy.

At the height of Ezra’s Mohammed Cartoons controversy his site had lots of Islamist dating site ads….apparently their was a large readership of single Moslem males…..computers can count but they cannot think…..:-)
commented 2015-07-27 10:49:00 -0400
Is it possible to start a class action lawsuit against Elections Canada IF it fails to treat ALL parties equally with respect to third party funding of ads?
commented 2015-07-27 07:37:56 -0400
All elections have been rigged to one degree or another from the nominations to the final ballot count, by special interests who stand to benefit most from the public largess – it has been this way since we allowed government to outgrow its purpose and budgets. Big Government = corruption, they are inseparable consequences. It’s not a matter of IF it (corruption) pervades the electoral/governing process it’s a matter of how much – and how much the people are willing to tolerate in the system to get what they want – In Canada it is starkly apparent we have a huge tolerance for corruption – particularly liberal corruption which is covered over by their media cohorts. But there is special interests corrupting the processes of government and have been here for generations who have bought influence from all administrations – money buys political favor and elections. You want to stop it, get rid of money – that would be an easier task.
commented 2015-07-26 18:13:31 -0400
@ Brian Kelly

Hear, hear! I second that post and raise all conservatives a vote in the next election!
commented 2015-07-26 17:31:08 -0400
i remember they let some college kids vote in a place where they had signs up to support a certain person to. funny never herd anything on the liberal senators yet all the senators that were being charged.
commented 2015-07-26 15:29:30 -0400
lol, I notice you’re running PSAC ads too – good, I hope you’re charging them a lot. Reminds me of the story when people were being offered three times the cost of a Bible to hand over Bibles to be burned, and the printers handed over all their stock of Bibles and ended up with money to produce three times the original amount.
commented 2015-07-26 15:15:16 -0400
No, I have no faith in Elections Canada or other Civil Service agency – maybe they should be reminded that they should have a ‘semblance’ of neutrality – unless we can change the laws whereby the whole lot of them can be fired and replaced with each new government (of course I know that would not be practical). The only thing is to go out and get other conservatives to vote Conservative. I’m not even sure if the new laws cover everything – I hear that there are still ways that they can circumvent.
commented 2015-07-26 14:59:59 -0400
Bill Collins said, “A journalist should just report the facts without the misinterpretation.”

Oh, how I wish!

However, the main stream media misinterprets the facts if they do not fit in with their “hate-Harper” agenda so that it does. It is putrid that they do this, but there seems to be no way to stop them, because the multiple appeals the right leaning people have made over the years have revealed that their consciences have been seared numb.
commented 2015-07-26 13:01:52 -0400
more watchdogs?…only means more bureaucracy and the oxymoron of watchdogs …that is much like ester enkin, the “ombudsman”/watchdog for the cbc…..what a waste of money.. but then apparently ombudsman and waste of money are synonymous.
commented 2015-07-26 12:54:44 -0400
Elections Canada is a good example of the Lieberal corruption that exists in the Canadian Civil Service, entrenched there by previous Lieberal Administrations to frustrate anything but a Lieberal or Socialist Gov’t. The Socialist Media is no better. I have long had the belief that the Socialist Media was being subsidized by tax dollars by the Lieberals to ignore Lieberal travesty. Clearly, the Harper Conservatives told them to go take a hike, which is why they all have HDS (Harper Derangement Syndrome)!
commented 2015-07-26 12:48:36 -0400
There is only one way to get these socialists out of the political arena and that’s to get out and vote. Most people I talk to when it comes to politics have shown to be conservative minded, but when elections come I believe most conservatives stay home which in turn allows the socialists to come out in full force and vote. This country will not change until the majority of people get to the polling booths. I am tired of hearing I have no time, etc. I was a veteran in another country and I still had time to vote, there is an election every 4 years so you should be prepared, there are advanced polling stations weeks before the election, so where is “I have no time” coming from. There is time and like I say if you do not get out and vote then you are part of the problem, so be a solution and vote. It would be interesting to take a poll on this web site to see how many of the people complaining about politics had actually gone out and voted, something to think about as I believe you have no complaints if you do not vote, again part of the problem and not the solution. Get out and vote folks.
commented 2015-07-26 11:45:33 -0400
Also Dan take it on yourself, and speak to everyone you meet, and inform them about Rebel Media. Prove to yourself and others that you are a strong Canadian, and you want to make a difference.
commented 2015-07-26 11:35:52 -0400
We aren’t allowing it… We are starting to make a voice in this country… We have people here on the Rebel that are being heard and they are talking… You have to remember the this is the first media (in Canada) that is starting to bring everything to surface… Since the Rebel started, they have increased their following by leaps and bounds…

Yes we are in a war. Yes we are starting to stand up. But we first have to control our own country before attacking another. I see you are upset. Well so am I. so is almost every other rebel follower. But we need to be calm and we need to use that IQ we have and start telling other people to start waking up. So far since this site opened. I Alberta the conservatives have been gaining ground again.

We have people from Ontario that is speaking with the people in that province, you have me and many other followers now pushing money towards this site and buying all the items in there store to keep this site running. This is the only thing we have right now, this is the start and the real voice of real Canadians.. Trust me when I say it. We will win. I mean look what happened in Alberta in the last election the Fucking NDP gained power. To a Majority.. Just this alone will start to wake everyone up. After the NDP government destroys everything in this province. The rest of Canada will have to sit up and start thinking. NO matter how the Liberal media pigs swing it they will have to sit in their piss and shit when it is finished.

Canada was built on hard work and chances. Well guess what that hard work is just about to kick off again..
commented 2015-07-26 10:43:09 -0400
ISIS has declared war on Canada. The left is in denial.
The left has declared war on Canada. Too many Canadians are in denial.
This is war! It’s well past time to start fighting back.
Fighting back in no uncertain terms!
I don’t want to start beating up or killing these traitorous swine and deluded idiots – but this is WAR, and don’t kid yourselves, these demons and dupes are hell bent on destroying Canada. Why are we allowing this!?
commented 2015-07-26 10:39:26 -0400
For a supposedly educated person, Saunders should stop misleading his readers by interchanging the terms debt and deficit. The US under Saint Obama has steadily increased the debt while slowly decreasing the deficit. It is the same claim some on the left are making about health transfers to the provinces decreasing. The fact is the transfers have increased by 6% per year, well above the rate of inflation. The only thing decreasing is the actual amounts and what the provinces are asking for. A journalist should just report the facts without the misinterpretation.
commented 2015-07-26 09:50:59 -0400
Brian, it is good that you keep on exposing the issue as it is illegal and an affront to democracy, but what can be done about it? How can we hold those responsible to account?
commented 2015-07-26 09:07:33 -0400
Us vs Them is in full swing now. Has been since the “Martin – Crechien cat fight” broke out and collapsed the liberals.

Legacy Canada is a liberal dog show. It’s dying nicely. All that’s left is a man-boy called troodo.

So now it’s time to clean out the liberal pigs running “third parties”. That should come after Harper takes October.

And the MSM will continue to run themselves into the dirt and likely bankruptcy, reporting “hate spew” and “pro-socialist bullsh*t”.

Look at the latest lie coming from the glopp and snail -http://www.theglobeandmail.com/globe-debate/want-to-cut-public-debt-bring-in-the-leftists/article25663385/ – How leftist goobermints cut debt – total crap – Doug Saunders – you watering carrying liberal pig – rot in h*ll.