Wednesday, May 29, 2013
Those On the Run Rarely Help Their Pursuers
When you're being hunted down, chances are you're not going to help your pursuers.
Canada's chief electoral officer complains that Conservative Party workers have "failed to co-operate" with an investigation into the fraudulent robocalls scandal. That has led Marc Mayrand to appear before a House of Commons committee to yet again ask for greater powers to compel witnesses to testify.
Conservatives failing to cooperate with an investigation into wrongdoing? Sort of like senator Duffy being ordered not to cooperate with independent auditors appointed by the Senate to investigate his expenses? And this is, after all, the government of "transparency and accountability," right? And even after a Federal Court judge ruled these robocalls were clear electoral fraud, right? Electoral fraud as in subversion of Canadian democracy, right?
And Mayrand pulled no punches in predicting that, unless tough measures are in place by the end of the year, "My fear is that we see a re-occurrence of issues that we saw in the last general election, that further undermined electors' confidence and breeds disengagement and cynicism among electors."