fbpx
Connect with us

News

Expert says Liberal’s C-19 could compromise election integrity

Bill C-19 passed second reading in the House of Commons by a vote of 330-1, with independent MP Derek Sloan casting the only opposing vote. The legislation purports to allow a safe election with mail-in voting during the pandemic.

mm

Published

on

A University of Western Ontario professor is concerned Bill C-19 could compromise the integrity of the federal election.

Associate Professor of Software Engineering Aleksander Essex is familiar with election problems from hackable computerized voting machines, but has grown familiar with other ways elections can be stolen.

When the Western Standard asked Essex if Bill C-19 could lead to a skewed election, he said, “Probably not, but possibly yes.”

Bill C-19 passed second reading in the House of Commons by a vote of 330-1, with independent MP Derek Sloan casting the only opposing vote. The legislation purports to allow a safe election with mail-in voting during the pandemic, but Essex said the current system is hard to beat.

“Federally, Canada has had one of the all-time best methods of casting and counting ballots in terms of public accountability and oversight. So the implications of changing the formula must be carefully considered,” Essex said.

“And while mail-in voting is strongly preferred relative to its online voting counterpart, Canada needs to better consider the implications of over-weighting the number of ballots marked in an unsupervised remote environment.

“There are several reasons. Let me focus on one.: The Canada Elections Act (sec. 163) could not be more clear: ‘the vote is secret.’ In a supervised polling place, we can enforce privacy, and we can call the cops when ruffians show up and start causing trouble. There would be lots of eyewitnesses to any funny business.

“But, voting remotely provides little means of enforcing this fundamental protection. We can’t see that domineering family member instructing family members how to vote. We can’t see people gathering around the kitchen table having ‘voting parties.’ We can’t see people buying ballots for $20 a pop. Detection and enforcement, if it ever occurs, is retroactive … after the privacy violation has occurred. And it typically would happen only in cases that rose to the level of an actual complaint.”

Nearly half of Ontario municipalities use computer voting machines. Essex’s warnings that they can be hacked usually fall on deaf ears. However, his outspokenness on the subject has moved others to reach out to him when they encounter election anomalies of various kinds. 

“I heard anecdotal accounts from candidates during the 2018 Ontario municipal election of family members or friends casting ballots on behalf of others … both with or without the person’s knowledge. In these cases, people either expressed ignorance or indifference to the offence, or an unwillingness to report their family member to the authorities over the matter,” Essex said.

The incumbent Liberals in Newfoundland and Labrador renewed power with a majority government after an election done completely by mail-in ballots. A COVID-19 outbreak in mid-February prompted provincial chief electoral officer Bruce Chaulk to cancel all in-person voting set for Feb. 13. The results of the mail-in vote were announced March 27 following several deadline extensions. 

The province’s NDP filed a lawsuit that alleged voting irregularities so numerous and severe that a new election was necessary. Court documents shared with The Canadian Press allege Chaulk told Elections NL staff to register voters who didn’t have proper identification, and that he took ballot kits home and encouraged other employees to do the same.

The lawsuit was signed by NDP Leader Alison Coffin, who lost her seat in the St. John’s East-Quidi Vidi district by 53 votes. Her former constituent Whymarrh Whitby co-signed the lawsuit. He told The Canadian Press that, despite several requests, he did not receive a ballot from Elections NL.

Essex hopes the provisions of C-19 don’t last.

“If C-19 truly is meant to be a temporary measure during COVID, I don’t think it’s the end of the world. My concern would be it becomes a pathway to normalizing unsupervised remote voting,” he said.

Harding is a Western Standard correspondent based in Saskatchewan

Continue Reading
7 Comments

7 Comments

  1. Mars Hill

    May 20, 2021 at 5:29 pm

    Chairman Xi is running Canada right now (:

  2. Mars Hill

    May 20, 2021 at 5:26 pm

    I believe the return to common law will fix this sort of stuff and I have a feeling it’s just around the corner.

  3. Left Coast

    May 20, 2021 at 5:24 pm

    We are well on the way to Venezuela William . . .
    Venezuela didn’t stop producing oil, the folks just could not run the refineries or the tanker loading facilities after Chauvez tossed out the foreigners who were doing the work.
    Canada on the other hand shut down 4 or more pipelines before they were built, the Post Wuhan Flu depression is going to be long & hard !
    There are few Politicians who understand what is going on in the world today and even fewer who have the ability to Lead.
    Don’t say anything bad about Chairman Xi on twitter . . . he has a long memory and could be running this country in less than a decade.

  4. William

    May 20, 2021 at 2:07 pm

    Anybody who believes this will be temporary is an idiot. We’ve just moved another step closer to becoming Venezuela.

  5. Left Coast

    May 20, 2021 at 1:50 pm

    Are the other 330 on the CCP payroll?

    We just saw a US election last November where the counting stoped in 6 or 8 States a little past Midnight . . . the poll watchers were hustled out of the building and a few hours later trucks showed up with enough “Mail-in” ballots to change the outcome of the race.

    Audits going on today in Arizona, with the Demokkkrats & Media going insane and trying to stop the process. Audits proposed in Georgia, Utah, Michigan, Wisconsin and a couple of other states.

    A guy named Pullitzer has examined the Dominion Voting machines . . . they have found Modum Chips on the mother boards, and have hacked into them with an I-phone. You could adjust the “Weight” of a Vote . . . Candidate A .80 and Candidate B 1.2 . . . that would swing 20% of Candidate As vote to B . . . and the Leftist Media says “nothin to see here folks”!

  6. K

    May 20, 2021 at 12:06 pm

    Wow. 330 to 1. There is literally 1 politician who is not corrupt that has any kind of power or knows what’s going on. Sad.

  7. Paul

    May 20, 2021 at 11:51 am

    couldn’t we just have voting stations in Walmart?

You must be logged in to post a comment Login

Leave a Reply

News

UCP MLAs: ‘Let unvaxxed post-secondary students get back to class’

“With no evidence to show that it has made their campuses any safer, colleges and universities are denying unvaccinated Albertans the opportunity to receive a higher education,” said the letter.

mm

Published

on

A letter questioning Alberta post-secondary institutions on policy banning unvaccinated students’ from campuses while unvaxxed healthcare workers are now permitted to rapid test has been sent to campuses across Alberta by two UCP MLAs.

MLA for Cardston-Siksika and Deputy Government House Leader Joseph Schow and Peace River MLA Dan Williams signed the letter dated Thursday addressed to eight post-secondary presidents including the universities of Lethbridge, Alberta, Calgary, Mount Royal, MacEwan, SAIT and NAIT and Bow Valley College.

Alberta Premier Jason Kenney, along with the Minister of Advanced Education Demetrios Nicolaides and the Minister of Health Jason Copping were each cc’d in the letter.

The letter outlines the change to COVID-19 measures adopted by many Alberta post-secondary institutions in September requiring all students and staff to be fully vaccinated to attend in-person and online learning.

Letter from UCP MLAs to Alberta post-secondary institutions – pg 1

“Although these post-secondary institutions have based their protocols on direction from the Government of Alberta, they have chosen to exclude the option of providing a negative PCR or rapid test,” said the letter.

“There is little to no evidence showing that universities and colleges benefit from limiting in-person learning to those who are vaccinated.”

The letter claims institutions have failed to demonstrate how students on campuses banning the unvaccinated are any safer from COVID-19 than students on campuses allowing for rapid testing instead of proof of vaccination.

“With no evidence to show that it has made their campuses any safer, colleges and universities are denying unvaccinated Albertans the opportunity to receive a higher education,” said the letter.

“Many students opportunities vanish for making a personal health choice.”

Letter from UCP MLAs to Alberta post-secondary institutions – pg 2

The letter references Albert Health Services’ recent update to its mandatory vaccination policy in December allowing unvaccinated healthcare workers the option to rapid test and return to work.

“With that in mind, we have a simple question,” said the letter.

“What makes so many university campuses in Alberta more risk-averse than a hospital or other healthcare facility?

“If Alberta healthcare workers, who are likely exposed to COVID-19 daily are permitted to rapid test, why are post-secondary students being denied the same opportunity? These students are being held to a higher standard, a standard that will unfairly deprive many young Albertans of their future.”

The letter describes Alberta’s position to “lead the country in economic growth” moving forward and suggests a “highly skilled and educated workforce” will be needed.

Both Schow and Williams request all Alberta post-secondary institutions remove their “backward-thinking COVID-19 vaccine mandates” and “allow all students the option to rapid test so they can return to school, complete their education and help build a strong Alberta.”

The Western Standard did not hear back from either MLA for comment before publishing.

Although the Alberta government has not made vaccinations mandatory for any post-secondary institutions, many have adopted the policy on their own resulting in thousands of unvaccinated students not being permitted to access in-person or remote learning.

The University of Alberta, University of Calgary and University of Lethbridge earlier this month extended online learning until after the February reading break.

Melanie Risdon is a reporter with the Western Standard
mrisdon@westernstandardonline.com

Continue Reading

News

Trucker freedom convoy GoFundMe raises over $1M

“It’s our duty as Canadians to put an end to this mandates. It is imperative that this happens because if we don’t our country will no longer be the country we have come to love.”

mm

Published

on

Canadians are responding enmasse to help the country’s truckers.

A GoFundMe to help the truckers surpassed the $1 million mark on Friday afternoon, after only being established six days ago.

Money donated is to be dispersed among truckers to aid with journey costs.

Truckers and supporters alike have gathered in a cross-country convoy drive in protest of mandatory vaccinations for their industry.

Donations go towards the cost of fuel, then food and lodgings along the journey.

Our current government is implementing rules and mandates that are destroying the foundation of our businesses, industries and livelihoods,” the donation page says.

“It’s our duty as Canadians to put an end to this mandates. It is imperative that this happens because if we don’t our country will no longer be the country we have come to love. We are doing this for our future Generations and to regain our lives back.”

Truckers Freedom Convoy 2022 has 3 main routes departing from Vancouver, BC, Sarnia, ON, and Enfield, NS, all meeting in Ottawa on January 29, 2022.

Smaller chains will drive to meet with the main convoy from more rural locations across Canada.

You can find all the routes of the convoy here.

“We are a peaceful country that has helped protect nations across the globe from Tyrannical governments who oppressed their people, well now its happening to us. We are taking our fight to the doorsteps of our Federal Government and demanding that they cease all mandates against its people. Small businesses are being destroyed, homes are being destroyed, and people are being mistreated and denied fundamental necessities to survive,” the group says.

The GoFundMe page has a goal of $1,100,000.

“But it’s a small price to pay for our freedoms. We thank you all for your Donations and know that you are helping reshape this once beautiful country back to the way it was,” says the page.

Truckers were previously deemed “essential,” however the federal government green-lit the loss of 12,000-16,000 (10-15%) of cross-border commercial drivers by making vaccinations mandatory, as anticipated by the Canadian Trucking Alliance (CTA).

“This number may not sound like a lot in the grand scheme of things, but in cross-border areas such as Vancouver or Windsor, there’s a lot of drivers who will cross the border five or six times a day. That’s a lot of loads in a year that no longer have a way of coming up,” Colin Valentim told the Western Standard.

Ewa Sudyk is a reporter with the Western Standard
esudyk@westernstandardonline.com

Continue Reading

Energy

IEA recognizes Canadian oil industry as the environmental world leader

In 2018, oil and gas companies also invested $3.6 billion in environmental protection initiatives, recognized by the IEA as by far the largest environmental protection spend of any industry in the country.  

mm

Published

on

Canada is doing great but should take measures to continue its reputation as a preferred oil and gas supplier on the global market, says the International Energy Agency.

IEA Executive Director Fatih Birol is a big advocate for net zero targets, but still recognizes the reliance on oil and gas that will persist into the future.

He said he prefers oil supply to come from “good partners” like Canada, he told a press conference.

“Canada has been a cornerstone of global energy markets, a reliable partner for years,” said Birol.

“We will still need oil and gas for years to come… I prefer oil is produced by countries … like Canada (that) want to reduce the emissions of oil and gas.” 

The same IEA report included recommendations for Canada to incentivise moves away from oil production, yet the director still recognizes Canada’s contribution to the global market.

World oil consumption returned to pre-pandemic levels and natural gas demand surpassed levels pre-COVID-19 last year, according to IEA data.

Yet Canada only supplies 6% of the current world market.

Consumption of both oil and gas is expected to continue rising even as more renewable energy sources come online. 

A Russian-caused natural gas crisis in Europe has many looking to Canada as a great alternative.

“The world needs reliable partners,” said Birol, of the European situation.  

Canada is the fourth-largest producer of oil and natural gas in the world and home to the third-largest oil reserves.

“This creates employment for Canadians and secure and reliable oil and gas for both domestic and global markets,” the IEA said.  

The IEA recommends that remaining competitive in global oil and gas markets requires further emission reductions, to ensure the sector remains a major driver of the Canadian economy beyond 2050.

Emission reduction has already been steadily implemented in Canada, analysts praised the oil and gas industry’s “strong track record” of reducing emissions intensity.

The oilsands by have decreased emissions by 32% since 1990 and further reductions of up to 27% are expected by 2030. 

Canadian oil and gas companies spend an average of $1 billion per year on clean energy technology, in addition to billions in environmental protection.  

In 2018, oil and gas companies also invested $3.6 billion in environmental protection initiatives, recognized by the IEA as the largest environmental protection spend of any industry in the country.  

“Canadian oil and natural gas producers are leveraging their improving environmental, social and governance performance and Canada’s stringent environmental regulations to build a global competitive advantage.”

Ewa Sudyk is a reporter with the Western Standard
esudyk@westernstandardonline.com

Continue Reading

Recent Posts

Recent Comments

Share

Petition: No Media Bailouts

We the undersigned call on the Canadian government to immediately cease all payouts to media companies.

1,138 signatures

No Media Bailouts

The fourth estate is critical to a functioning democracy in holding the government to account. An objective media can't maintain editorial integrity when it accepts money from a government we expect it to be critical of.

We the undersigned call on the Canadian government to immediately cease all payouts to media companies.

**your signature**



The Western Standard will never accept government bailout money. By becoming a Western Standard member, you are supporting government bailout-free and proudly western media that is on your side. With your support, we can give Westerners a voice that doesn\'t need taxpayers money.

Share this with your friends:

Trending

Copyright © Western Standard New Media Corp.