Parti Quebecois backs off election theft allegations

Less than 24 hours after the premier and several ministers, including Quebec's attorney general, raised the alarm about the election being stolen by "the Rest of Canada," the Parti Quebecois is dialling down its allegations.

"There is no question of disputing the integrity of the chief electoral officer," says Justice minister and attorney general, Bertrand St-Arnaud today.

Both he and Pauline Marois say they are re-assured by the electoral officer's statements that in some of the ridings in question, registration is actually lower now than it was in 2012.

The electoral officer also said that the report that some ridings were a cause for concern had actually originated from a political party which he would not name, and he said the information was unfounded.

 Jacques Drouin also criticized the Justice Minister for raising the alarm about the election and placing orders to his office, which is meant to be independent.

But the premier and the attorney general say they had good reason to be concerned, due to media reports and the fact that the present of a registration committee had resigned.

"I think they were legitimate worries. There were questions to ask," says St-Arnaud, but he says his party will remain vigilant.

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  1. jonico posted on 03/24/2014 12:44 PM
    Egg-in-the-face but too ignorant to even be embarrassed - wonder what other huge scandal they'll try to come up with. Lesson to PQ - if you would have spent the past 18 months being a good responsible government who cares for their people instead of dividing them, you wouldn't be trying these tricks. You only prove to everyone you can't run a province & wouldn't have a clue how to run your "own country". Keep spinning around in your cage.
  2. George73 posted on 03/24/2014 01:07 PM
    It's just so convenient that M. Vandal resigned because of his concern over voting registration irregularities, when as reported in todays Globe and Mail, the same M. Vandal refused to accept proof of elligibility to vote from a man who has lived in Quebec for 10 years, had the necessary documentation on him that should have been sufficient by the DGEs own rules. Interestingly the refused voter spoke imperfect French.

    Sounds like M. Vandal had his own agenda when he resigned - ammunition for the PQ to claim the election was stolen from them.

    And Quebec's FORMER justice minister and attorney general propogates the election theft allegations with no evidence. It would be incredible. But this is now normal with the PQ. Allegations with no substantive evidence.

    Perhaps we should call in observers from the United Nations to ensure a fair election process?
  3. Kat posted on 03/24/2014 01:10 PM
    When it is the PQ, they have legitimate worries. When it is the Liberals they are flip flopping.
  4. joeN posted on 03/24/2014 01:40 PM
    We demand that Marois and her muppets appologize for the inuendos and false accusations to the voters trying to get on the list honesty. It clearly shows, the PQ and it's leader are up to their eyeballs into duplicity, deception, false rumours, and seriously interferring with the General Elections Officer. Ignorants breeds ignorants is the PQ motto.
  5. Barcham posted on 03/24/2014 03:35 PM
    I really do not understand this comment... "Both he and Pauline Marois say they are re-assured by the electoral officer's statements that in some of the ridings in question, registration is actually lower now than it was in 2012."

    Should not a politician be disappointed if voter registration is lower? In a democracy, the idea is to get the highest percentage of voters out to vote, not the lowest. Having lower registration is not a good sign for democracy but it may be a good indictor of election fixing. For some strange reason, I foresee a larger number of recounts this year than in previous elections.
  6. daemoncan posted on 03/24/2014 11:29 PM
    Voter fraud is a serious issue and I urge the PQ to pursue the issue with great vigour.

    They should appoint Marie Malavoy as the head of a special commission, as she has considerable expertise in this area.
    1. George73 posted on 03/25/2014 12:57 PM
      @daemoncan I think the fact the Mme Malavoy was a PQ MNA and Minister even after it was revealed she had been guilty of voter fraud highlights that the PQ don't take voter fraud at all seriously. How can they. They have a history of perpetrating it and of voter suppression as witnessed in the 1995 referendum.
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