Marc Mayrand isn't pulling any punches in his outright condemnation of the Harper regime's election reform bill.
In an interview airing Saturday on CBC Radio's The House, Mayrand said "my reading of the act is that I can no longer speak about democracy in this country."
The Fair Elections Act says it "limits the chief electoral officer's power to provide information to the public."
Under the proposed bill, the only role of the chief electoral officer would be to inform the public of when, where, and how to vote.
Elections Canada would be forbidden from launching ad campaigns encouraging Canadians to vote. Surveys and research would be forbidden under the new bill, Mayrand said.
"Most of the research will no longer be published because these are communications to the public."
The chief electoral officer and the commissioner of Canada elections would also no longer be allowed to publish their reports, Mayrand said.
Democratic Reform Minister Pierre Poilievre, who introduced the bill in Parliament on Tuesday, said candidates are better placed to get the vote out.
Political candidates who are aspiring for office are far better at inspiring voters to get out and cast their ballot than are government bureaucracies," Poilievre told the Commons on Wednesday.
Persistent and declining voter turnout could undermine the legitimacy of an election's outcome, warned Mayrand.
"Nobody owns [voter] turnout. I think it requires a collective, collaborative approach of the whole society."
That's where you're wrong, Marc. The whole purpose of Poilievre's brainchild is to see that somebody indeed owns voter turnout - his party, the one that has already dabbled in achieving that very goal through robocalls.