In 2002, the Supreme Court of Canada ruled on Sauve v Canada, overturning an Elections Canada law barring prisoners from voting. So prisoner voting is nothing new in Canada; we’ve now had it for five elections.
But do ridings in Canada with large prison populations tend to vote for a particular party, and has that determined some election results?
Conservative MP Jim Eglinski filed an order paper question in the House of Commons asking those very questions.
The results are in and we will as always post the entire document below so you can see how many prisoners voted in each riding across the country.
But I want to highlight two ridings for you in particular, Elmwood-Transcona in Manitoba and Churchill in Saskatchewan. Both are ridings where Conservative incumbent MPs lost, and they lost by less than the margin of prisoner votes cast.
But here is what is most interesting:
Both the defeated incumbent Conservatives were outspoken and tough on crime...
This can be a lesson for our American viewers, especially those in Florida where a political action committee wants the Supreme Court to overturn that state’s ban on those with felonies from voting.
Florida is so valuable in the Electoral College — would you like to see over 1.7 million convicted felons regain their right to vote and possibly tip every election from now on to the soft-on-crime Democrats?