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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

Procedure and House Affairs committee  Yes, but there's no reason to add to this partisanship with this new position being appointed by the ruling party. No party should be able to force the returning officer to appoint a certain person. They should have the power, of course, to suggest anyone. There would be an appli

April 8th, 2014Committee meeting

Duff Conacher

Procedure and House Affairs committee  Thank you very much for this opportunity to testify on this very important bill. I'm especially honoured to be testifying beside Monsieur Lortie. I really need to practice my French. There are many technical terms with regard to this proposed legislation, so I will make my rem

April 8th, 2014Committee meeting

Duff Conacher