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Is it a problem that the Chief Elections Officer was not consulted about the Fair Elections Act and does not approve of the changes?

Fair Elections Act Survey

Canada's Chief Electoral Officer Marc Mayrand was not consulted about the Fair Elections Act and does not approve of some of the suggested changes.  Elections Canada's role in elections is changed by the Act which limits their ability to encourage Canadians to vote, to poll Canadians prior to the election, and to investigate fraud after an election.

 

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The Chief Elections Officer should be involved in Electoral Reform

The Chief Elections Officer should not be involved in Electoral Reform

Role of Elections Canada

The mission of Elections Canada is to "Ensure that Canadians can exercise their democratic rights to vote and be a candidate."3  They should therefore have been consulted since this bill is so closely connected with their 

Role of Elections Canada

The role of Elections Canada is to run the elections, which they will still be doing.  It is not the role of Elections Canada to write bills and create law.

Bias of the Chief Elections Officer

Marc Mayrand is not politically biased and this act is "like taking the referee off the ice"2 The Chief Elections Officer position has been designed to be independent of any political party so that they can act in this independent manner.

Not involving Elections Canada in the writing of the act means that the only writers are the Conservatives, who are definitely bias.

Bias of the Chief Elections Officer

Marc Mayrand has a clear political bias against the Conservatives.  The Conservatives therefore excluded him and did the best job possible to create an unbiased bill based on recommendations from independent studies and other sources.

Content of the Bill

The bill changes the role of Elections Canada in several negative ways:

1) Elections Canada will no longer be able to have advertising campaigns that would encourage Canadians to vote

2) Elections Canada will no longer be able to conduct elections research.

3) Elections Canada will no longer be able to investigate wrongdoings after an election, as this role is transferred to an independent commissioner.

Elections Canada has been very effective at providing value to Canadians throught these tasks.  They have had an impact on voter turnout and helped to curb unethical behavior by candidates during the election.  It does not make sense to take these abilities away from Elections Canada.

Content of the Bill

The responsibilities for these tasks are being transferred to other individuals.  All of the work will be completed, but in a more efficient manner that doesn't conflict with the impartiality that is required of Elections Canada and the Chief Elections officer.

   

 

Chief Electoral Officer

Is it a problem that the Chief Electoral Officer was not consulted about the act and does not approve of the changes?

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The Chief Electoral Officer is the non-partisan voice of Elections Canada and should have been consulted.
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References

1.     CBC: Election Reform bill an affront to democracy Marc Mayrand says:  http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/election-reform-bill-an-affront-to-democracy-marc-mayrand-says-1.2527635?cmp=fbtl

2.     National Post: Conservatives election reforms have 'taken the referee off the ice' Chief Electoral Officer says: http://news.nationalpost.com/2014/02/06/conservatives-election-reforms-have-taken-the-referee-off-the-ice-chief-electoral-officer-says/

3.     Elections Canada Website: http://www.elections.ca/home.aspx

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