Bill C-23 would also eliminate Elections Canada's own get-out-the-vote advertising, restricting the agency to informing people where, when and how to vote. Mr. Poilvere said when he introduced the bill last month that it would be left to parties to reach out to voters.
I wonder how well Poilievre understands Canada's Constitution. Canadians don't elect governments, we elect Parliamentarians. It's by convention only that the Party with the most seats ends up both holding government to account and being the government.
We all know how that's worked out - Partisan Parties now rule the roost, dictating what Parliamentarians say and shaping policy. Again - these are bodies that are not constitutionally bound to Canada's government in any way.
Now the Tories and their carefully-constructed fundraising/Permanent Campaign machine want to ensure it is these beholden-to-themselves Political Parties that have sole responsibility for reaching out to voters and encouraging them to vote.
It's governance by shrinking the water hole. I'm sure Poilievre and co think they're being very clever, but what they're practically doing is ensuring more and more Canadians aren't represented by Parliament, aren't engaged democratically and have less capacity for holding government to account.
You have to feel bad for Preston Manning - this is the exact opposite of what he wanted for Canada when he first brought Harper into the Reform fold.