John Tory needs a primer on Elections Law, among other things



    TORONTO, Oct. 3 /CNW/ - Conservative Leader John Tory's week - which
hasn't gone swimmingly well, what with whiplash-inducing attempts at flip-flop
on funding private religious schools, and yet new depths being explored in
negative campaigning - just got a bit worse.
    At a Conservative rally at the Nepean Sportsplex tonight, Tory and his
officials booked space next to an advance polling station. They covered the
walls with Conservative propaganda - notwithstanding the pre-existing presence
of signage letting people know where to vote. Tory, who as a lawyer should
know better, even parked his bus in front of Elections Ontario signs.
    That's a no-no, John.

    As official Elections Ontario rules make clear:

    AREA AROUND A VOTING LOCATION

    "When a poll is located on public premises, the entire property of the
    voting location and all the boundaries associated with it are considered
    part of that voting location...On both public and private premises,
    "premises" includes the parking lot, adjoining fences and adjacent road
    allowances. Elections Ontario rents only a specific area for a voting
    location and has no jurisdiction over adjacent properties, for example
    over political signs posted on street corners or passing cars advertising
    a political party."

    And:

    NO CAMPAIGNING AT A VOTING LOCATION

    "The Chief Election Officer has ruled that the voting location and the
    premises on which it is located must be kept clear of all campaign
    materials.

    Clothing or accessories which identify a party or candidate or registered
    referendum organizer, signs, buttons, slogans, logos, advertising, etc.
    are not allowed. Voting screens will be checked regularly for markings
    and campaign literature."

    At tonight's rally, Conservative apparatchiks were ordered to remove
signs and other propaganda before their rally could go ahead. Not very
impressive.
    Yet more bad judgment from John Tory.





For further information:

For further information: Ben Chin, (416) 961-3800 ext. 412,
ben_chin@ontarioliberal.ca

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