Court Nullifies 2011 Federal Election Results in Etobicoke Centre

The CBC is reporting that Justice Lederer today declared the 2011 federal election results in the riding of Etobicoke Centre to be null and void. The Conservatives won that seat by 26 votes, but, at the instance of Liberal candidate Borys Wrzesnewskyj that result will not stand. A variety of voting irregularities were noted by the court.

The judgment is available on the CBC website, included along with the report (a development I’ve long wanted; congratulations CBC).

The CBC notes that if the judgment is appealed, the matter goes straight to the Supreme Court.

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  1. David Cheifetz

    Justice Lederer at para. 159: “The fact of this application demonstrates that our electoral process has the necessary checks and that they can work even where the plurality is as small as 26 votes and the number of impugned ballots is 79.There are places in the world that would wonder that such a result was possible.”

    Then there’s the political spin. Draw your own conclusions.

    http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/story/2012/05/18/pol-court-throws-out-etobicoke-centre-election-wrzesnewskyj.html

    Conservative Party spokesman Fred Delorey said they’re disappointed with the court decision after 52,000 people in Etobicoke Centre “followed the rules, cast their ballots and today had their democratic decision thrown into doubt.”

    [defeated Liberal candidate] Wrzesnewskyj told CBC News that the riding needs a by-election to restore democracy.