Saturday, May 14, 2011

The Press were present before Christy Clark showed up with the brown bag lunches, too bad they told her where to stand

Note: There appears to be some confusion over just how close the Premier of British Columbia was standing when she visited the Voting Places on Election Day as a Candidate (not permitted to be within 100 metres).

Photo by Nick Procaylo

Note:  Looking for those juicy photos of politicians and rioters, just find the photographers names on the credits of the photos and do a search via Google   Images.

Elections BC is confused the most, and because it is the leading authority on defining/deciding the difference between facts and myths of complaints, here is a clarification of what type of measurement we use in Canada.

Just to be clear, 100 metres is not equal to 100 feet!

Source: Canadian Metrication  by Joseph B. Reid, President Emeritus, Canadian Metric Association

100 metres = 328.083 feet                   100 feet =30.48 meters
Update May 15, 2011

Complaints regarding contraventions of this Act etc

277  (1) If the chief electoral officer receives a complaint alleging that this Act or a regulation under this Act has been contravened, the chief electoral officer must consider whether to investigate the matter.
(2) The chief electoral officer must refuse to investigate a complaint that in the view of the chief electoral officer appears to be frivolous, vexatious or obviously unfounded.
(3) If a complaint is made in writing and the chief electoral officer decides not to conduct an investigation, the chief electoral officer must notify the complainant in writing of the reasons for the decision.

Subversion of election by an official

 (1) An election official or voter registration official who contravenes this Act, a regulation under this Act or a direction of the chief electoral officer commits an offence if the official knew or ought to have known that the contravention would likely affect the results or validity of an election, whether or not it in fact has that effect.

Individuals who may be present at voting proceedings

93  (1) Except as provided in this section, an individual must not be present at a voting place while voting proceedings are being conducted.

(3) Other than for the purpose of voting, a candidate must not be present while voting proceedings are being conducted.

Is it any surprise at all, of how Elections BC has been responding to questions regarding the legality of why the Premier of the Province of British Columbia has been allowed to just waltz up to within 50 metres, and closer, to a voting booth, without her staff ensuring that she stays to the maximum limit of100 metres?

She had the election aced, or did she?  Is that why she chose to stand at the only entrance to the Voting Place?

All this fuss about Candidate Christy Clark showing up with bags of lunches for her workers (Scrutineers).

There's this one small problem with the timing of her arrival, well actually two problems, and its the last one that we can all blame on the Late Pierre Elliott Trudeau for:

I asked myself, why didn't every one of her workers take a brown bag lunch with them when they knew that they were going to be there all day, from the moment before the voting polls opened, till well after they closed.

How did they know when to come out of the building to pick up their bagged lunches, when no cellular phones are permitted?

Was Christy doing the rounds of all of the voting buildings?

She certainly couldn't go in with the lunches, Candidates are barred from going in, except to vote, once.

How did the Press know which voting building to show up at, and at what particular time?

Over at Laila Yuile's blog Elections BC did provide an answer:

”Hi Cheryl,
you are correct, candidates are only allowed within a voting place if they are voting. We have reviewed the facts and determined that lunch was delivered to campaign workers outside the building where voting was being conducted. At no time did Christy Clark go within the voting place.

Thank you for bring this to our attention.

Chris Roberts
Elections BC"
There were plenty of campaigners working on behalf of all Candidates, why did Christy take it upon herself to deliver the bagged lunches instead of delegating the job to someone else..... who wasn't a Candidate who has to carefully walk the line when it comes to rules and regulations?  Is Christy another one of those micro-managers, like Gordon Campbell?

Voting places "are usually rooms within buildings that are publicly accessible within a community," he said. "In this case, the candidate delivered lunches to campaign workers outside the building in which the voting place was located. At no time did the candidate enter the voting place."  The Tyee

The Election laws state that no signs are permitted within 100 meters of the voting place.  Elections BC says that the voting rooms are within buildings, therefore one could assume that elections signs will, at the next provincial election, be measured from the election booths!  Too late, that's the case already.

Restriction on election campaigning near election offices and voting places

(2) While advance voting or general voting is being conducted at a voting place, an individual or organization must not do any of the following in or within 100 metres of the building where the voting is being conducted:
(a) post, display or disseminate   SNIP

Now here's the problem for me, and which Elections BC hasn't properly answered.  There were 130 tallies being made on election day, does that mean that she approached the voting areas with enough food to fill the bellies of all her campaign workers?    Did she violate the laws of British Columbia not once but 130 times?  Or were the Press only there for one voting building/booth?

You see, way back when PET was Prime Minister of Canada he introduced the metric system to Canada, and British Columbia along with all the other provinces and territories in Canada.  A lot of people still have trouble understanding how much longer one meter is than a foot. 

I've been told that a Google Earth Image is worth a Thousand words when it comes to silly rebuttals from Chris Roberts or his boss Craig James over at Elections BC.

We've all seen the photographs of Christy Clark, along with her entourage of paparazzi working for the local media at the gates to the schoolyard, but here's one photo that says that Elections BC should annul the blissful wedding of one Christy Clark to the status of MLA.
There's a yellow measured line going from the centre of the building

The little yellow line in the Google Earth photo above is 99.27 meters long, but the distance to stay away from the voting booth is a radius of 100 meters!

With boxed brown bag lunches

The proof that she was well within the 100 metres is in every photograph that has been taken by the press when compared with a map.  This isn't rocket science, its facts, the kind of stuff that Elections BC normally thrives on.

No brown bag lunches in sight.  There's a voter walking towards the Voting Place.  There's a Voting Place sign well within the 100 metre radius.  What's Ms. Clark doing standing on her "soapbox" where Elections BC signs are visible?

I'd say that the NDP candidate won the election in Vancouver - Point Grey, wouldn't you?


priscilla judd said...

Do you know what consequence comes from violating the election rules?

Likely - it's not a big deal - rules can be changed by government through regulation and amendments - they take the teeth out of the intent of legislation.

In this corporatocracy the only reason to get upset seems to concern money -tradition and morality are not important - the citizen's opinion doesn't seem to matter either

Do you know if the regulations around municipal referendums have the same rules as elections? if so are there any consequences if rules are broken?

kootcoot said...

Christy standing within 100 meters of a polling booth with her predatory shark smile constitutes a campaign poster for all practical purposes as that is pretty much all she's got for "policy" or "substance!" Also she had no right being anywhere near ANY polling booth in the riding, even to vote, as she, as a resident of another riding, wasn't allowed to even pose for the usual cliche "casting her ballot" photo op.

It would be interesting, though I certainly don't have the time, to draw a circle with a 100 meter radius around each of the 130 or 150 or whatever the seemingly fluctuating number of polling stations in the riding that Christy gamed may be and see just where she would actually be allowed to be in the riding on voting day. Of course with Craig "what can I do for the Campbell/Christy Crime Family today?" James in charge the rules of ElectionsBC are null and void, unless they are applied to the NDP, the anti-HST proponents or the proponents of a BC liaR recall proponent.

Anonymous said...

What about the fact that she was delivering food to the polling workers? Can that be constituted as a bribe?

There was a case of a man giving another man a ride in his car. He was not licensed as a tax, just a 'to work and back'.
He was in an accident and the passenger was hurt. The passenger used the fact that the driver accepted a cigarette from him and that constituted as payment for the ride. As the driver was not licensed as a taxi, the passenger won the case. The driver had violated the conditions of his license.

What does this have to do with Christy Clark, was she using food to bribe her way into the 100 meter zone that she was not allowed to be in, was this a bribe.