Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Europeans too stupid to monitor European elections

The underlying premise behind Canada's decision to send bilateral election observers to Ukraine can only be that the OSCE isn't capable of getting the job done. The Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe even lets the Ruskies into the club, so obviously they can't be trusted.

I'm not sure "bilateral" is the correct term here. It implies that Ukraine will send observers to Canada to monitor the next Canadian election.

That might not be a bad idea.

Anyone who has followed the machinations of the Harper gang as they try to short circuit the democratic process in Canada will appreciate the irony of their zest for observing it in Ukraine. From the robo-call scandals to "election reforms" calculated to disenfranchise tens of thousands of Canadians, we have become accustomed to Harper's cynical undermining of democracy.

Then again, this isn't really about monitoring elections in Ukraine; it's brazen pandering to the 1.2 million Ukrainian-Canadians Harper is grooming for the next Canadian election.

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