I will move this, just so that we are consistent with what we have been moving.
I recognize that the committee as a whole voted against getting parties out of the business of appointing deputy returning officers. This is dealing with poll clerks, and the portion of the clause in question would be replaced with words that basically give to Elections Canada, to the returning officer, the power to appoint poll clerks “on the basis of merit, following a process that is fair and transparent”.
I think this is absolutely ideal in providing a system that would have Elections Canada doing the appointing in the way that this suggests.
We will still move and vote for this. At the same time, I'm going to say right now that I realize it would potentially create an imbalance, because we have already voted down treating the deputy returning officers in this sense.
I'll leave it at that. It should be voted on, but as part of a package.