Six CPC members of Parliament may be deposed if the Federal Court accepts allegations of widespread voter suppression during the May 2011 election. This action, to be heard in December, is separate from the investigation of misconduct by Elections Canada. The CPC faces what one pundit calls “high-stakes drama” but the worst case outcome is not likely to threaten Stephen Harper’s immediate hold on power.
However, the Conservatives, having adopted American style dirty politics, should prepare for a taste of retribution like that dished out by targeted voters in the 2012 U.S. election.
On Election Day, Republicans Suffered Consequences of Voter Suppression Strategy, Huffington Post, November 13, 2013:
Republican lawmakers and conservative activists undertook a concerted effort to keep minorities, students and those with lower or fixed incomes (including many of our seniors) from voting.”
…Yet the untold story of the 2012 election is not the efforts of lawyers or activists, but the unyielding determination of everyday ordinary citizens determined to cast their ballots.
…When the dust settled, the very groups targeted for suppression and intimidation had voted in record numbers…
Americans don’t like it when their right to vote is threatened. The very people whose votes the Republicans sought to suppress came out to vote. In places like Akron and Orlando and Denver and Milwaukee, they came. They waited in long lines and endured the indignities of poll workers. Yet they were not cowed. Today is their day. A day when they can look at one another and appreciate that they are truly a part of the history of civil rights in this country…