Tories should pay by­elec­tion costs

The Compass - - OPINION -

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.

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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

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