February 15, 2017

EXCLUSIVE: Tough-on-crime candidates lost in ridings with large prison populations

Christopher WilsonRebel Commentator

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?

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commented 2017-02-16 18:10:51 -0500
Aman, do you get all of your make believe names from the Simpsons? Just wondering. Oh, and fuck you, with your accusations of racism et al. If you must comment, at least make an effort to do more than just throw shit.
commented 2017-02-16 09:17:14 -0500
Aman,

You need to get a refund on your (or should I write you’re) English lessons. Whoever taught you must have belly laughed all the way to the bank.
commented 2017-02-16 03:06:26 -0500
Two years later and there is still no news. Just politically conservative talking point cliches, picking on immigrants, politicized hyperbole, phrases that are common for wingnuts like “mainstream media” or “the liberal media” even though fact is it is only conservative media that is politically agenda driven. There are no real news journalists and all news if any at all has a politically conservative agenda and narrative. It’s also kind of weird how fast and immediate Faith Goldy is able to fly to a scene of mass shootings and acts of terrorism within 24 hours. Maybe their all staged. Ezra and his ilk does not represent Canadian Conservative or Libertarian interests and all the emphasis has been put on The Donald Trump Show.

There is only one thing I agree with these wingnuts on and it is that CBC should not be tax funded and is not essential and should fend for itself just like CTV, Global, and City-Tv. The fact is the CBC was created by the Conservatives. Thank you conservatives for creating something you now bitch about. Now shut the fuck up with you’re racism.
commented 2017-02-16 00:59:22 -0500
HMMM, this could actually turn against them in the future, when even criminals are fed up with certain religions getting privileges above them.
commented 2017-02-16 00:44:41 -0500
Bill Elder commented
“What? When the Libranos gave crooks a vote, you think this was an unintended consequence? Welcome to dystopia cuck.”

Agreed.
commented 2017-02-16 00:10:48 -0500
What? When the Libranos gave crooks a vote, you think this was an unintended consequence? Welcome to dystopia cuck.
commented 2017-02-15 22:57:26 -0500
Sorry to say; but she’s a lib-tard! And probably over-paid too.
commented 2017-02-15 21:25:51 -0500
I’d like to add anyone over 80 to the no vote list.
commented 2017-02-15 21:17:00 -0500
Who can and cannot vote is a done deal. If you want to change it you have got to get elected. The French Revolution started with the storming of the Bastille.

WAKE UP!!!
commented 2017-02-15 20:00:19 -0500
If we’re going to ban voting in federal elections lets ban any one who has a vested interest LIKE….people who work for the federal government….people who have committee a crime prisoners…people under the age of 25 years…people who can’t read English or French…..people who are over seas….people in hospitals. Have persons who want to vote pay a poll tax say $10.00 this would help pay for the ejection.
ENLIGHTENED CONSEVATIVE
commented 2017-02-15 19:59:41 -0500
Simple solution: why are these prisoners voting in that one constituency? They all had to come from somewhere, why not have their votes assigned to their home constituencies instead of the one housing the prison? Just consider them all absentee ballots, count them last, and distribute all those NDP and Liberal votes among their respective constituencies. It’s the way it should be anyway, if one concedes that prisoners should be allowed to vote in the first place (why? what idiot thought that was a good idea? I thought if you commit a crime and get sentenced to jail you lose the right to vote?).
commented 2017-02-15 19:07:17 -0500
If you have enough people in the penal system to strike down the laws that sent them there that should tell you something.

Our jails are full of divorce debtors.

Our jails are full of people who have relatively minor drug convictions.

MADD has become an obsessive witch hunt and the highway fatality stats have not improved.

The lock em up and throw away the key platform is as stupid as the let them eat cake platform. If you are going to be tough on crime just do it discretely and don’t grandstand about it.

Honestly, people can be really obteuse by times.
commented 2017-02-15 19:06:48 -0500
No surprise. The morally bankrupt libs will appease any minority for votes.