Canada’s chief electoral officer says that what Kenney and Ford are doing is okay because the activities of provincial governments, including advertising campaigns, aren’t subject to the Canada Elections Act. Democracy could disappear through this loophole.
Alberta Premier Jason Kenney and Alberta Energy Minister Sonya Savage, pictured on May 2, 2019, scrumming after the Senate Committee on Energy, the Environment and Natural Resources on Bill C-69. Mr. Kenney, whose head has gone up several hat sizes since crushing Rachel Notley in the recent Alberta election, will be travelling to Ontario to woo immigrant voters back to the Tory fold on Andrew Scheer’s behalf, writes Michael Harris. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
HALIFAX—So now premiers Jason Kenney and Doug Ford plan to actively campaign in the 2019 federal election.
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Elections Canada says number of conditions—the pandemic, the 'minority government context,' campus closures—make the program unfeasible, as setting up those polling stations 'requires significant planning.'
MPs will be able to continue to charge the central House budget for the cost of items like masks and hand sanitizer, or office reconfiguration as a result of COVID-19, until Sept. 30, among other measures.
As of January, $185-million of the $761-million approved for the first five years of work on the Centre Block building and construction of the underground welcome centre, up to 2021-22, has been spent.