December 08, 2015

Why was Elections Canada so desperate to give sole-sourced contract to partisan Assembly of First Nations?

Brian LilleyArchive

Elections Canada, the impartial, non-partisan arbiter of what is allowed in Canadian elections, signed a contract with the Assembly of First Nations and paid them nearly one million dollars to increase voter turnout among aboriginals.

The AFN was supposed to encourage First Nations members to register to vote and teach them how to get ID if they needed it.

Another thing the AFN was required to do (according to the contract) was be non-partisan.

But the AFN is a completely political group and Elections Canada should know that.

I’m sure no one was surprised when AFN leaders made political comments and endorsed candidates during the election on an “Anybody But Conservative” basis.

Elections Canada pushed through a sole sourced contract to the AFN - a contract worth just shy of one million dollars even though the norm in government circles is that any contract above $25,000 must be put out to tender.

Whether you vote Conservative, Liberal, NDP or Green, every Canadian should want fair and impartial elections. How confident do you feel that this is the case when one of the groups selected to run the voter outreach had key leaders pushing an anybody but Conservative message?

Do you think this would stand if the Canadian Taxpayers Federation was chosen to push a low tax message while also getting a million dollars to register people to vote?

The whole contract stinks and Elections Canada refuses to answer key questions about the situation including whether or not they’ll rescind any part of this ongoing contract in the next election.

We can’t have advocacy groups that push a particular message getting large sums of government money to increase voter turnout.


 

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commented 2015-12-08 23:52:48 -0500
Or the west should leave, like we should have years ago….
commented 2015-12-08 23:50:10 -0500
During the election, it seemed pretty apparent to me that Elections Canada was doing everything it could to promote as many progressive votes as possible. Bringing portable voting booths to university’s, not checking identification properly for people wearing face masks and now this blatant buying of votes from natives… Next we will find out that some people at Elections Canada deliberately misrepresented the vote count. Hope someone can prove it so we can force a new election.
commented 2015-12-08 22:10:49 -0500
Everybody trusts an Injun in a Chief Headress ,,, WHOOP ! WHOOP!
commented 2015-12-08 21:27:54 -0500
And the list of lies, gaffes, scandals, hypocrisy and broken promises continues to grow:
- Questionable fundraising tactic with $100 “because it’s 2015” Tee-shirts
- Created a gender equitable cabinet, but filled all the junior positions with only females
- Appointed a fake Nobel Prize winner to cabinet
- Closed the Library of Parliament for several hours for a Vogue Magazine photo op.
- Falsified the number of Syrian refugees coming to Canada
- Provided false refugee immigration timelines
- Told the BBC that he has “worked two or three times harder than everyone else”
- Belittled the Queen of Canada because of her age
- Gave 383 ‘winners’ an all expenses paid cash-guzzling trip to Paris to talk about the weather
- Canada’s Youth Delegation at Paris climate talks protest Trudeau’s hypocrisy
- Sold off cabinet minister’s time in a fundraising payola scheme
- NannyGate
- Indulged in budget forecasting “inaccuracies”
- Announced Senate reforms to make the institution even less accountable
- “Walked away” from bilingualism; appoints George Furey of Newfoundland as Senate speaker
- More payola. $250 for “dinner” with Finance Minister Bill Morneau. Under investigation by Ethics Commissioner.
- Illegally garnered election votes by way of Assembly of First Nations anti-conservative propaganda funded by taxpayer’s through Elections Canada $975,000 voter “outreach” program.
- Appoints terrorist sympathiser and anti-Semite, Omar Alghabra to cabinet as Parliamentary Secretary to the Foreign Minister.
commented 2015-12-08 21:20:15 -0500
Wouldn’t this be considered electoral fraud?
commented 2015-12-08 20:58:09 -0500
Good luck seeing any investigation now. The adscam pros will never let that happen. Once again more government more money more corruption