OTTAWA, July 20, 2012 /CNW/ - The Federal Court decision rendered last
night is encouraging for the defense of the democratic process in
Canada, says the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union of
Canada (CEP). In a decision released last night, Judge Martha
Milczynski rejected the Conservatives' attempt to dismiss the election
results challenge taking place in seven ridings.
"There are serious illegal actions that were committed in the last
federal election to try and suppress the voter turnout and influence
the outcome," said Dave Coles, National President of CEP. "Last night's
decision is the first step in holding the Conservatives responsible for
their dishonest and malicious behaviour."
The Conservatives have been trying to block a court challenge
coordinated and supported by the Council of Canadians. The case
challenges results in seven ridings where Conservative candidates won
by a slim margin and where there were misleading robocalls during the
May 2 2011 federal general election.
"CEP commends the Council of Canadians' work to protect the integrity of
Canada's electoral process," added Coles. "Our members will be starting
a campaign to collect money in support of the court challenge and we
will be talking about this case in communities across the country."
SOURCE COMMUNICATIONS, ENERGY AND PAPERWORKERS UNION OF CANADA
For further information:
Dave Coles, National President, 613-299-5628