In a decisive ruling late yesterday, the Federal Court of Canada rejected motions filed by lawyers for seven Conservative MPs to have the legal applications to overturn the 2011 federal election results in seven ridings thrown out.
As a valued Council of Canadians supporter, I want you to be among the very first to see the Court’s ruling in its entirety, which you can read here.
I know you agree these legal obstructions by Conservative MPs are shameful. Rather than applauding their constituents for bravely defending the rights of voters in their ridings, the seven Conservative MPs are actively trying to stop them.
It begs the question: if the Conservative Party of Canada wants to get to the bottom of this scandal, why are these MPs trying to block the Federal Court from examining the evidence?
Their motions had argued, among other things, that the legal applications alleging widespread voter suppression and fraudulent activities were “frivolous and vexatious.”
In her ruling, Prothonotary Martha Milczynski was clear:
“Far from being frivolous or vexatious, or an obvious abuse, the applications raise serious issues about the integrity of the democratic process in Canada and identify practices that if proven, point to a campaign of activities that would seek to deny eligible voters their right to vote and/or manipulate or interfere with that right being exercised freely – all of which permitted to escape even the prospect of judicial scrutiny, could shake public confidence and trust in the electoral process and in those who in good faith stand for public office.”
The ruling makes two important statements: It affirms the merits of these individuals’ applications as “brought in good faith, on grounds that are clear and based on reasonable foundation,” and it clears the way for the applications to move to a full hearing.
I can tell you we’re confident the full hearing will be set imminently. As Prothonotary Milczynski outlined in her ruling, the applications “must be determined in a summary way, without delay” and the evidence “properly left to the hearing on the merits.”
This is momentous news and I hope you share our excitement in it.
Let’s remember what’s at the heart of these cases: nine individuals are courageously taking a stand against election fraud and to defend the rights of voters. They need the collective support of fellow Canadians right now.
We’re on the verge of an historic moment and the stakes couldn’t be higher. Nothing short of the democratic foundation of our country lies in the balance.
With continuing hope,