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Government Operations committee  Other jurisdictions do allow that priority transfer. Is it realistic? It depends, really, on the size of the organization and the wrongdoing. If only a few people know about the wrongdoing, then it is very difficult to protect someone's identity, because one of the few must hav

March 21st, 2017Committee meeting

Duff Conacher

Government Operations committee  Thank you very much to the committee for the opportunity to testify today. My name is Duff Conacher. I am co-founder of Democracy Watch, which started up in 1993. We now have 45,000 supporters across the country and another 100,000 people who have signed petitions in support of

March 21st, 2017Committee meeting

Duff Conacher

Procedure and House Affairs committee  If you're talking about the Commissioner of Canada Elections, yes, it's a clear bar on the commissioner and the Director of Public Prosecutions from disclosing anything about any investigation unless they prosecute or unless they do a compliance agreement. If they prosecute, obvi

April 8th, 2014Committee meeting

Duff Conacher

Procedure and House Affairs committee  We have a current instance of a certain party's supervisor contacting the auditors who were doing audits of senators, and that—

April 8th, 2014Committee meeting

Duff Conacher

Procedure and House Affairs committee  —violated the firm's internal policies.

April 8th, 2014Committee meeting

Duff Conacher

Procedure and House Affairs committee  When you choose your own judge, it's always dangerous, I would say. Choosing your own auditor is dangerous. Elections Canada should be appointing these people.

April 8th, 2014Committee meeting

Duff Conacher

Procedure and House Affairs committee  Democracy Watch's conclusion is that the current measure prohibiting vouching and prohibiting use of the voter information card will be found to be unconstitutional, and there is a reasonable compromise that includes empowering Elections Canada to hire people earlier, which means

April 8th, 2014Committee meeting

Duff Conacher

Procedure and House Affairs committee  With regard to election workers, they would have to wait for the suggestions to come from the parties or the candidates, because those suggestions bind the returning officer to appoint people, and that often doesn't happen until quite late.

April 8th, 2014Committee meeting

Duff Conacher

Procedure and House Affairs committee  Well, if they were empowered earlier, then they would be able to hire people and make these appointments.

April 8th, 2014Committee meeting

Duff Conacher

Procedure and House Affairs committee  Exactly. It's a budgetary matter. They would then be able to train everybody better, and the polling station would be run better, and the voting irregularities would diminish.

April 8th, 2014Committee meeting

Duff Conacher

Procedure and House Affairs committee  That's my exact point.

April 8th, 2014Committee meeting

Duff Conacher

Procedure and House Affairs committee  But if the ruling party or the party that placed second in a riding is allowed to force the returning officer to appoint certain election workers, then the returning officer has to wait. They can't hire people early, and can't, as a result, train them early and train them fully.

April 8th, 2014Committee meeting

Duff Conacher

Procedure and House Affairs committee  No, the returning officer is required, if the party or—

April 8th, 2014Committee meeting

Duff Conacher

Procedure and House Affairs committee  No, no. If the ruling party or second party in the previous election puts forward a candidate, the returning officer is required to appoint that person. That is the problem. That comes very late. They don't have time to train them fully. Plus, they could have partisan bias. I agr

April 8th, 2014Committee meeting

Duff Conacher

Procedure and House Affairs committee  I agree with that. In case there was a misunderstanding, when I'm saying that Elections Canada should appoint all the workers, parties could still suggest people. It's just that now the returning officer has no choice under the bill but to appoint the person if the party or candi

April 8th, 2014Committee meeting

Duff Conacher