Wednesday, February 29, 2012

In the robo-call affair, the law will work as intended

Oh for the love of..."In the robo-call affair, time and the law favour the Tories." It's not like it's a mission or anything around here to blog about John Ibbitson columns, but if we must, a quick response.

This column is mal-titled, for starters. Is that a word? Anyway, while they may be able to try an in-and-out strategy on this election cheating scandal and draw it out as long as possible, that's not totally within their control. The investigative authorities will drive that bus right now. Once they weigh in and things get legal process oriented (if they do), then the Cons might be able to angle for time. That too will depend on the decisions made by various players, such as some of those named in the piece. But we'll see.

And the time element is the only component of that headline that could possibly "favour" the Tories, if we must use that terminology. The law doesn't, it's neutral.

Even if a by-election took place in, say, 2013 in North Bay (Ibbitson's example riding where the vote was close), then so be it. It and possibly other ridings where by-elections could also be sought, such as Etobicoke Centre, will serve as ongoing reminders of the unprecedented situation. It will take what it takes and we in the internet era who prefer instant gratification will have to live with it. It doesn't mean it favours the Tories, it just means that the system will work as it is intended to work with appropriate time for due process.

It is the right thing to do to legally challenge elections fraud. Analyzing it through a prism of political advantage where a party who will most likely seek to game the process is blessed as being wrong.

Let's not get years ahead of ourselves in any event.