NDP Defeat Opens Doors For Masse

Header-image-TuomiBy Robert Tuomi

(WINDSOR, ON) – One pundit is quite impressed after watching the federal government’s department of voter disenfranchisement in action. It was a marvel, he says, to see how nicely its staffers were able to turn away voters by reading only sections of the rules.

The pundit reported seeing one married woman shown the door simply because she had no identification with her address on it. She does not have a driver’s licence and all household bills are in her husband’s name.

It was nice, he recalled, to see how she was treated as a criminal by the staffers, who declared she had written the address that is contained in her passport. Despite it matching the address on her voter registration card, she was politely told to leave.

Later the pundit confirmed with a poll captain that her husband could have been relied on to verify her address. The captain had no explanation as to why this option was not given to the voter.

Apparently, this is not an isolated incident.

The CBC reported October 19 about, “… several reports of people being told that the identification that they had brought with them was not enough to cast a ballot, even in situations when that identification was a driver’s licence, which, according to Elections Canada’s website, is sufficient to vote.”

It seems clear, voters in Windsor’s two federal ridings sent a clear message they will not stand for arrogance or meanness.

David Sundin, running for the Liberals in Windsor West, showed his arrogant side by not responding to a taxpayer’s questions. For such out and out rudeness he finished third.

Some might say he had no chance running against an embedded incumbent like the NDP’s Brian Masse, who held the riding. They might be wrong, considering how Liberal Catherine McKenna was able to unseat high profile NDP sitting member Paul Dewar in Ottawa Centre.

Dewar has had his seat in parliament for eleven years.

McKenna, unlike Sundin, apparently did it by talking to voters. It is reported she knocked on 100,000 doors, a process she started in January.

In Windsor-Tecumseh, voters showed they weren’t about to elect mean, condescending, current inward, city councillor Jo-Anne Gignac, who ran on the Conservative ticket.

Disgraced former councillor Al Maghnieh confirmed her mean side with a July 4 tweet in which he bragged about being able to, “… name a few angry old white guys or just really mean persons … Like the old lady I was on Council with.”

Gignac distinguished herself as a compassion-free zone by scolding homeless school boys who looking for a bridge loan so they could continue their studies. She told them the Council had no magic wand to wave.

It was not only the height of meanness, but also incredibly inconsiderate.

Some pundits are wondering what will happen with Brian Masse. The NDP flag carrier was the victor in Windsor West. There is talk of leader Tom Mulcair, who managed to reduce the party’s standing, might resign, which could open a path for Masse to the top job.

There are few other options after the party’s slaughtering at the polls. Big names like Dewar, Pat Martin, Olivia Chow, Megan Leslie, Peter Stoffer, Peggy Nash, and NDP hopeful Howard Hampton were defeated.

It might be Masse could win in a landslide during a leadership race, just based on his seniority.

Robert Tuomi can be heard at 8:30 pm every Monday evening and noon every Wednesday co-hosting Talkin’ ‘Bout Windsor on CJAM 99.1 FM. Listen on demand to previous episodes or catch the discussion live and join in. Talkin’ ‘Bout Windsor is broadcast every Monday and Wednesday to the Windsor and Detroit listening area and streamed online at CJAM.

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