SHOULD REFERENDUM BALLOTS BE SAVED?

The legal entity, Alliance Quebec, has been arguing in court that ballots cast in the last referendum in 1995 should be saved and examined. Their reason: an independent and public examination of the ballots would show evidence of a concerted scheme by the Yes camp to illegally undercount the No vote. Judge Robert E. Baker (an anglophone) rejected the request and empowered Quebec’s Chief Electoral Officer to destroy the ballots.

Judge Baker’s main reason was technical: Alliance Quebec had not brought the case in a timely fashion. But Judge Baker also noted that a recount of any sort would not alter the referendum outcome, won by the federalist side by a squeaker 50.5 to 49.4 per cent, nor would it correct any improprieties committed at the time. Two earlier prosecutions for vote tampering ended in acquittals and the statute of limitations for further prosecutions has expired.

I’m with the judge. The last thing we need is to preserve these ballots so they can be pawed over by militant separatists and angryphones trying to prove the other side is a bunch of crooks.

Quebecers made the decision to remain in Canada 13 years ago. The biggest problem in the province right now is whether the Canadiens can win the game tomorrow night. There is linguistic peace and right at the moment Quebec is doing better than Ontario economically.

Except for a few malcontents on both sides Quebeckers are happy campers in the Canadian federation. (Today’s polls show that if there were an election today the federalist Jean Charest would win a majority government.)

As for the ballots. Shred them and may the RIP.

Am off to Vermont for the weekend.

Don’t forget the Kentucky Derby at 4 on Saturday on NBC.

Have a great weekend.

7 Comments »

  1. 1
    Joe Agnost Says:

    “Except for a few malcontents on both sides Quebeckers are happy campers in the Canadian federation.”

    Of course they’re “happy campers”!! Why wouldn’t they be?

    They say ‘jump’ and the federal gov’t asks ‘how high’?

    They say ‘more’ and the federal gov’t spends more $$ on them.

    They get to continue to discriminate against anglos in quebec (bill 101) and then can visit NB and sue the gov’t there because a traffic cop didn’t speak french (even though the cop issued all the paper work to the driver in french).

    With such benifits who wouldn’t be a ‘happy camper’??

    It’s like the natives… until quebecors are treated equally it will be a problem for Canada.

  2. 2
    Paul Costopoulos Says:

    Well Joe kep at it, it is entertaining. In the meantime, if you live in Ontario, you may soon be getting equalization payments from Albertta, B.C, NL AND Qc.

  3. 3
    Joe Agnost Says:

    “Well Joe kep at it, it is entertaining.”

    It’s hard to deny though isn’t it??

    I just wish that we could arrive at a fair and meaningful relationship with quebec.

    “if you live in Ontario, you may soon be getting equalization payments from Albertta, B.C, NL AND Qc.”

    Ouch! That really hurt!

    Is this your attempt at an insult? Oh no! My province is struggling economically… I’m so ashamed, and hurt, and embarrassed…. NOT!

    Really, I’m not someone who thinks Ontario is the best and the ROC be damned. I love Canada from east to west, and Ontario is one of the least beautiful prov. in this country. I just happen to live here…

  4. 4
    Paul Costopoulos Says:

    I see you like to give but not to recieve. I just aimed at serving you the medecine you have been serving us Quebecers ever since I frequent this blog, that is since last fall. Not pleasant is it? As far as I’m concerned, Ontario, is largely a beautiful province if you avoid the 401 from Summerville to Windsor. The old 2 and the old 7 cross beautiful scenery. The sleepy litlle towns and villages of Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry are charming, especially Maxville where I have wonderful childhood memories.
    As for the ROC I have crossed it from coast to coast and loved every part of it even though after 300km of Manitoba I longed for some hills.
    And, Yes Joe, I am a through and through Canadian despite living in Quebec and being strongly attached to the place.

  5. 5
    Joe Agnost Says:

    “I see you like to give but not to recieve.”

    Not true at all… ‘give’ away!

    I just pointed out that your equalization payments barb wouldn’t work on me – it’s not something I’m insulted by.

    By all means – try other methods. I assure you that I won’t take anything personally… I’m not that sensitive.🙂

    Yes – parts of Ont. are beautiful (like all of canada), but in terms of MOST beautiful (for me, I know it’s subjective) I would go with the mountains in BC/Alberta and the seasides of NS/NB/NF.

    And I used to go to quebec quite a lot (I’ve lived in the Ottawa area for over 10 years)… There is MUCH to like about the place.

    I just take exception to the lengths the feds go to coddle quebec. Quebec has far too many federal seats which make pandering to them worth too many votes. They get to have their cake and eat it too regarding language (bill 101 vs. the ROC being forcibly bilingual). I like the french language – but when the costs of bilingualism FAR (FAR FAR) outweigh the benifits I will speak out!

  6. 6
    Tony Kondaks Says:

    I suspect that the reason why Ontario may become, under the mathematics of the equalization formula, a “have-not” province is because the price of a barrel of oil has put Alberta head-and-shoulders above all the other provinces.
    Ontario is, in reality, FAR from a “have-not” province like Quebec which got about $7 billion last year.
    As far as the medicine that’s been served to “us Quebecers”, to quote Paul, it has been well deserved.

  7. 7
    Joe Agnost Says:

    http://www.macleans.ca/columnists/article.jsp?content=20080402_20556_20556&id=8

    Interesting article in maclean’s mag… Quebec has a lot of answering to do – does anyone really doubt that the self serving prov. (que.) is destroying our country??

    We can’t keep this up much longer… we (the majority – ROC) have to stand up to the minority (quebec) and get this country back on track!

    Here’s a quote from the article:

    “The willingness of the minority to accept the verdict of the majority is essential to democratic government, and it will only arise so long as majority and minority feel that they are part of the same community.”


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