A Vancouver law firm is seeking an investigation from Canada’s Chief Election Officer, following the federal Conservative Party’s decision to employ an Australian campaign manager.
The Conservatives say Lynton Crosby has been helping Stephen Harper’s campaign team since March, primarily with analysis of polling data.
Lawyer Jim Quail doesn’t think it’s right.
“The Canada Elections Act makes it unlawful for someone who isn’t a Canadian citizen or resident to be in any way engaged in or inducing people to vote for a candidate or not for a candidate.”
Quail says the Canada Elections Act prohibits interference by foreigners during the election period, where are in any way inducing voters to vote for or against any candidates.
“If the role that this fellow is placed in is involved in any way with the process of inducing people to vote for a Conservative candidate, we’re saying the Chief Electoral Officer should take a look at this and make sure the law is enforced.”
However, a spokeswoman for the commissioner of elections has told The Canadian Press providing advice to a campaign or working for a campaign is not considered inducement.
Quail isn’t buying that explanation.
He says the idea s.331 of the Act is restricted to corrupt practices just doesn’t make any sense.
Lynton Crosby image courtesy of BBC