Updates (from the Comments): Paul Willcocks wrote an interesting column about the government-assisted toil and trouble brewing at Elections BC back in August....And 'Off-The-Radar' lists four specific examples which, in my opinion at least, indicate that the integrity of Elections BC has been completely compromised since Mr. James was 'appointed', non-unanimously, to his post by the government that is (still?) being run by Mr. Gordon Campbell:
1. holding the results of the anti-HST referendum until forced by a sharply-worded court order to pass on to the legislature.
2. firing the long-serving second in command at Elections BC because he was re-organizing the office (an office that he is only temporarily in charge of).
3. threatening (rather than cautioning) the very few people and canvassers who signed more than once and attempting to smear the anti-HST campaign, all volunteer-run. And right before the recall period starts.
4. the tricky wording of the HST referendum petition. It is not about restoring the previous tax regime, it is merely substituting one tax for another.
I have said precious little about our local tax revolt because I am very, very cynical about the motives of the folks involved.
The motives of the organizers I mean.
But I am not the least bit cynical about the motives of the thousands of canvassers or the hundreds of thousands of British Columbians who signed their petition.
The 'allegedly' legitimate 'acting' head of Elections BC, Mr. Craig James, came out swinging accusatory haymakers earlier this week because he and his had apparently identified some 2,208 registered voters that had signed the anti-HST petition more than once.
Which is way less than one percent.
But get this....Mr. James could only identify 38 registered voters that had signed petitions more than 3 times.
That, at approximately 0.005%, is absolutely infinitesimal.
As is the fact that only 7 of more than 6,500 canvassers (ie. approximately 0.1%) could even be 'accused' of 'alleged' improprieties.
In other words, rather than being slagged and dragged through the mud of the public prints, the schlock of the talk radio Watercarriers and the the clattering dentures of the hairdoos on the TeeVee, the overwhelming majority of the folks on the ground, who are the ones who have really made the tax revolt work, should instead be celebrated on high, by all of us, for their trustworthiness.
Could you imagine if 99.9% of our provincial politicians and/or their handlers could be counted on to demonstrate such upstanding behaviour?
I've really got to wonder how H. Neufeld would have handled this.....Somehow I don't think he would have gone out of his way to trash a huge swath of British Columbians who are doing their best to have the courage of their convictions and try and initiate change honestly without a noble lie in sight.
Oh, and in case your are wondering how I came up with the above percentages....Well.....I just used a little Grade Four math (of course!).....