TORONTO – The robocalls scandal shows the need for a wider clean-up of our electoral system, says the Green Party of Canada. “First of all, we need to have a public commission of inquiry into the robocalls scandal and get to the bottom of it. But we also need to look at wider issues including the investigative power of Elections Canada, the increasing use of negative election tactics, and whether more teeth need to be added to the Elections Act,” said Green Leader Elizabeth May, MP for Saanich-Gulf Islands.
Green candidate in the ongoing Toronto-Danforth by-election Adriana Mugnatto-Hamu agreed, “The robocalls scandal involves such a volume of complaints and is so widespread, it should now be turned over for a full public inquiry. Then we need to make sure that Elections Canada can handle any future complaints.” Read more »
Quoting Joanna Lavoie, writing in InsideToronto.com, quoting Adriana at the all-candidates meeting:
However, a number of hot-button issues did come up during the debate, notably the alleged robo-calls scandal, the questionable automated calls during the May 2011 election, and how to restore voter confidence in light of it.
Green Party candidate Adriana Mugnatto-Hamu said her party’s leader Elizabeth May is the only parliamentarian to open her budget to the public.
“I’d like to see more transparency across the board,” she said of the scandal, which she called “a serious, criminal act.”
Further, she pointed to the Greens’ support for proportional representation, adding if implemented, the robo-call scheme wouldn’t have been as effective as a much smaller percentage of the voting population would have been impacted.
Saturday, 2012 February 11, 6pm 393 Danforth Ave (near Chester)
By Saturday, the office will look like an office and we will celebrate the arrival of Sharon Labchuk to manage the campaign here. Come out to see the office, meet Sharon, find out about what’s planned for the campaign and help kick the campaign off into high gear.
Tim Whalley has been chosen by the local riding association to represent the Green Party of Ontario in the 2011 provincial elections. Voting day is October 6.
Tim is the executive director of Scarborough Arts and actively works with a broad range of organizations, stakeholders and residents to enrich the community and make it more liveable. He holds a Masters in Museum Studies from the University of Toronto, and has taught at the university level and served on a number of boards of directors. Tim lives in the Greenwood / Gerrard neighbourhood with his teacher wife and their infant child. He is a member of local organizations such as the Toronto Environmental Alliance and Toronto Cyclists Union. Read more »
Margaret Wente suggests I said that environmentalists “don’t understand the science and they don’t understand the economics” (Hard Questions For Ms. May – May 10). I’ve said nothing of the kind. Read more »