Tories should pay byelection costs
There is no way the Canadian taxpayer should have to pay for Peter Penashue’s admitted electoral transgressions, but that is exactly what is going to happen.
Wherever there is a byelection necessitated by the resignation, or otherwise, of one of Harper’s Conservatives, whether it be the recently resigned John Duncan, or whichever designated hitter has to fall on the sword because they obtained their seat unfairly by means of other election irregu- larities (read robocalls), we taxpayers will all end up paying the one-quarter to half a million dollars to hold each of these byelections.
Now, in a more perfect world, you might find that the political party whose member had committed the irregularities would actually have to pay the cost for the re-election. Either that, or the party which had polled the next highest vote count would automatically assume the seat.
Of course, in a more perfect world, one wouldn’t have to put up with Stephen Harper and his merry, and somewhat irregular, band at all.
Taking this one step further, Mr. Penashue has already shown that he is not capable of holding such a position, and this should automatically exclude him from the run-off that he has necessitated.
Dave Randell writes from Mount Pearl